This afternoon (Thursday) I hosted an hour-long online book salon chat with Bob Woodward over at Fire Lake Dog starting at 3 pm ET. 

Here is the link to read my lengthy intro and some questions I hoped to raise. Below that you will find attendees’ questions and comments, and Woodward’s responses. One excerpt from my piece:

Reviewing the book in the Washington Post this week, Neil Sheehan, the former reporter and author of fine books about Vietnam, wrote about the “Vietnamization” of the current war, and concluded: “The Taliban obviously cannot defeat the US Army in set-piece battles, but it does not have to do that to win the war. It can bleed us of men and treasure, year after year, until the American people have had enough.” 

Looking at polls today, however, one might conclude that the American people have already “had enough” but the war goes on. Andrew Bacevich asks: “Why fight a war that even the general in charge says can’t be won? What will the perpetuation of this conflict cost? Does the ostensibly most powerful nation in the world have no choice but to wage permanent war?” Does Woodward really get at those questions in his book?

NOTE: I’ll be the guest at a chat in the same spot at Fire Dog Lake on December 11 related to my book, just published this week, "The Campaign of the Century: Upton SInclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics."