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What Now? The first question facing Obama

There’s obviously going to be a whole lot on Obama’s plate tomorrow afternoon as he sits down behind his desk in the Oval Office. North Korea is acting frisky, Pakistan is on edge, the Afghan war is deteriorating. But I think the first question facing him will be whether to continue the Bush administration’s covert ...

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There’s obviously going to be a whole lot on Obama’s plate tomorrow afternoon as he sits down behind his desk in the Oval Office. North Korea is acting frisky, Pakistan is on edge, the Afghan war is deteriorating. But I think the first question facing him will be whether to continue the Bush administration’s covert programs, foremost being the campaign reportedly underway to undermine and sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

There’s obviously going to be a whole lot on Obama’s plate tomorrow afternoon as he sits down behind his desk in the Oval Office. North Korea is acting frisky, Pakistan is on edge, the Afghan war is deteriorating. But I think the first question facing him will be whether to continue the Bush administration’s covert programs, foremost being the campaign reportedly underway to undermine and sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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