An interesting knight ridder piece from a couple of days ago here with a choice quote at the beginning:

WASHINGTON - Concerned about the appearance of disarray and feuding within his administration as well as growing resistance to his policies in Iraq, President Bush - living up to his recent declaration that he's in charge - told his top officials to "stop the leaks" to the media, or else.

News of Bush's order leaked almost immediately.

This article may be complete fluff, I don't know - I'm sure every pundit with an agenda in there will either call it baseless and ridiculous, or use it as more "proof" we don't know what we're doing. While I personally think things in Iraq and Afghanistan could be worse (it could be raining), the political infighting about it and other things seems to be gathering steam. Another choice quote:

At one point, the senior official said, Bush himself asked how bad it was.

"This isn't as bad as (George) Shultz vs. (Caspar) Weinberger, is it?" he asked, referring to a legendary Reagan administration rivalry between the heads, respectively, of the State and Defense departments. One top official nodded in reply and said it was "way worse."

Again, not necessarily meaningful or true, but an interesting comparison. Of course, Reagan is god or something last I checked, so thats maybe a good thing to be compared to.



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