Daniel Klaidman

Stories by Daniel Klaidman

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    The Internal Diplomat

    Keeping the peace between a president and his cabinet takes talent.
    European Edition Version
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    Obama’s Secret Gitmo Plan

    Actually, it isn’t much of a plan—and that’s the problem. But who’s to blame—Obama or Congress?
    European Edition Version
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    Is Gitmo Really Closing?

    The White House gets an unlikely assist from the Tea Party.
    European Edition Version
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    The Least Likely Spy

    How did an amateur pilot turned artsy bookstore owner end up at the pinnacle of the CIA?
    European Edition Version
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    Will They Keep Spying on You?

    Obama’s choice to be head of the FBI has an iffy record on surveillance.
    European Edition Version
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    Can this Man Protect Us?

    James Comey is Obama’s pick to run the FBI–our front line in the war on terror. But is he too self-righteous for his own good?
    European Edition Version
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    How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama

    Five years later, Guantánamo remains open. It is the president’s biggest failure. Now he tries to close it—again.
    European Edition Version
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    Prison Break

    Can Obama ever close Guantánamo?
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    The Iraq War Inside Newsweek

    When the invasion began, newsrooms around the world faced awful decisions about whether to put their reporters in harm’s way for the truth.
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    Will Brennan Subdue the CIA?

    He seen as a hawk who supports torture and drone strikes, but the president's nominee is far more nuanced.
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    The Logic of Hagel

    Why Obama wanted an 
improbable fellow traveler at the pentagon.
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    That Day of Infamy

    Covering 9/11, journalists found a renewed sense of mission. By Daniel Klaidman
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    Will Obama End the War on Terror?

    ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ spotlights America's finest hour in the battle against al Qaeda. But can Obama finish the forever war? The debate over drones—and getting out alive.
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    The Fall of a General

    David Petraeus subdued Iraq, steered the course for exit in Afghanistan, and is one of the most decorated generals of his generation. So why was he no match for his biographer?
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    Fortunate One

    Sure, Obama’s lucky. He also relentlessly seizes his chances and makes every one of them count.
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    The SEALs’ Biggest Threat

    They can handle al Qaeda and the Taliban. What worries America’s most celebrated fighting force is the lure of Hollywood’s siren song.
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    The Perfectionist

    A lifetime of order, upended by Obamacare. How Chief Justice John Roberts will handle it.
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    A SEAL’s Most Daring Mission

    How Mark Bissonnette, the Navy SEAL who wrote about the bin Laden raid in 'No Easy Day,' sneaked past the Pentagon.
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    Drones: The Silent Killers

    The Obama campaign touts a commander in chief who never flinches, but the truth is more complex. How the president came to embrace a new way of war.
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    Obama's Secret Army

    At a time when many Americans think their government is inept, the ‘Special Operators’ get the job done. Just ask the President, who is doubling down on the Navy SEALs.
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    Klaidman: Counterproductive Counterterror Ideas

    Bob Woodward exposed reams of classified intelligence in his most recent book. But it was Barack Obama’s assertion of the obvious that ignited outrage among his national-security critics. The president told Woodward that “we can absorb” another terrorist attack—implying that we won’t be able to prevent every attempted act of terror. The conservative blogosphere lit up. Liz Cheney accused Obama of an “alarming fatalism” and of abdicating his paramount responsibility: to do everything in his power to protect the American people. Obama’s approach to terrorism is not immune from criticism. But he deserves credit for treating voters as grownups. After the recent series of near misses—the underwear bomber last Christmas, the Times Square attempted bombing, the “package plot”—who would bet against a terrorist getting lucky and slipping through our defenses in 2011?
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    Remembering Rosty

    The setting, a legendary Chicago steakhouse, was pure Rosty. I'd imagined him striding through the restaurant, pushing past the favor-seekers and acolytes, stopping to schmooze impressed diners. But it was a much-diminished Dan Rostenkowski who'd recently emerged from 13 months in the federal penitentiary.

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