Notes on the Atrocities
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Sunday, April 18, 2004  


...likes Bob's book. And furthermore, I am beginning to suspect Woodward's Bush at War really was just a set-up to get access for the real book--this one.

In the wake of Mr. Woodward's best-selling 2002 book "Bush at War" — which presented a laudatory portrait of Mr. Bush as a fearless and determined leader after 9/11 — the president agreed to be interviewed in depth by the author about how and why he decided to go to war against Iraq. Mr. Woodward, an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, says the president also made it clear that he wanted administration members to talk with him, and that he interviewed more than 75 key players....

President Bush, the object of so much jockeying for position among cabinet members, emerges from this book as a more ambiguous figure than the commanding leader portrayed by Mr. Woodward in "Bush at War." In some scenes he is depicted as genuinely decisive (as in his choice to go to United Nations in 2002). In others he seems merely childish (eyeing Gen. Henry Shelton's peppermint during a meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, until the general passed it over.)

posted by Jeff | 9:46 PM |
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