http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003188619 [Broken]...The White House ignored an urgent warning in September 2003 from a top Iraq adviser who said that thousands of additional American troops were desperately needed to quell the insurgency there, according to a new book by Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter and author. The book describes a White House riven by dysfunction and division over the war.
"The book says President Bush’s top advisers were often at odds among themselves, and sometimes were barely on speaking terms, but shared a tendency to dismiss as too pessimistic assessments from American commanders and others about the situation in Iraq.
"As late as November 2003, Mr. Bush is quoted as saying of the situation in Iraq: 'I don’t want anyone in the cabinet to say it is an insurgency. I don’t think we are there yet.'
"...and so hostile toward Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, that President Bush had to tell him [Rummy] to return her phone calls.
...The American commander for the Middle East, Gen. John P. Abizaid, is reported to have told visitors to his headquarters in Qatar in the fall of 2005 that 'Rumsfeld doesn’t have any credibility anymore' to make a public case for the American strategy for victory in Iraq."
A White House driven by dysfunction? Is there any new information?
I love Bob Woodward.
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