The former defense secretary pens an absorbing memoir—not that you’d know it from the mainstream media interviews.
Feb 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 22 • By FRED BARNES
Unknown unknowns.9:42 PM, May 12, 2010 • By MICHAEL ANTON
In 1988, disgruntled former White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan revealed that since the 1981 attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life, Nancy Reagan had consulted a San Francisco astrologer for advice on scheduling the president. This went well beyond merely affecting the start times of meetings. As anyone who has worked for or covered a White House knows, where the president goes, who he meets with, and when, are ultimately matters of policy. The revelation understandably caused a firestorm. How could anyone possibly base policy on something so frivolous?
John Kerry comes back from the dead, John Edwards shines, and Wesley Clark calls for regime change in the Middle East.1:30 AM, Jan 21, 2004 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Manchester, New Hampshire, Tuesday, January 20
From the September 15, 2003 issue: Donald Rumsfeld's idee fixe endangers success in Iraq.Sep 15, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 01 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
DEFENSE SECRETARY Donald Rumsfeld can claim, as much as any man, to be the architect of victory in Operation Iraqi Freedom. History might also tag him as the architect of defeat in the larger war for Iraq.
The secretary's mulish opposition to increasing the number of American soldiers in Iraq--and the narrow understanding of military "transformation" used to justify that stance--is a prime reason the Bush administration has had to go begging to the United Nations.
Winning the after-war in Iraq could prove harder than the administration is letting on. Are there obstacles ahead for the United States?11:00 PM, Mar 4, 2003 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
WAR IS SUCH a foregone conclusion that the interesting debates now revolve around postwar Iraq. Time magazine's cover story this week reports that the Bush administration has decided on an immediate course of action for the days and weeks following Saddam's fall: A wave of humanitarian aid will be distributed in the wake of the U.S.
The Bush administration speaks with a single voice on Iraq.Feb 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 20 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
BY THE END of last week, months' worth of Bush administration talk about Iraq had been reduced, really, to one talking point: Time is running out.
Senior administration officials had spent a good deal of time debating their public relations strategy for this past week. They had in mind a significant build-up to the important prewar trifecta coming up--the report from U.N. inspectors on the status of Saddam Hussein's disarmament on Monday, the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday, and the week-long discussion at the U.N. Security Council of whether to use force in Iraq.
Woodward and Sammon on Bush as war president.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By FRED BARNES
Bush at War
by Bob Woodward
Simon & Schuster, 349 pp., $28
The War on Terrorism from Inside the Bush White House
by Bill Sammon
Regnery, 400 pp., $27.95
LET'S GET RIGHT to the scoreboard. The winners in Bob Woodward's account of President Bush's response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA director George Tenet, and, to a lesser extent, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and her deputy, Stephen Hadley. And Bush himself, who Woodward believes figured out quickly how to be an effective commander in chief.
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