Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Powell Up and Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz Droping like a rock

Omaha.com: "Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz and the Pentagon's top official for policy, Douglas Feith, have been under fire for the prisoner-abuse scandal.
In addition, those in the Pentagon and Cheney's office who once backed former Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi are having to deal with accusations that he leaked sensitive information to Iran.
State Department officials charitably say that Powell's higher profile simply reflects a natural shift in Iraq from bullets to diplomacy. And some conservative analysts agree.
Powell "is the point man," agreed Lawrence Korb, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal-leaning Washington think tank and a former assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan.

Powell's rise, Korb and other analysts say, stems from a fall from favor of the administration's neoconservatives after setbacks in Iraq. "

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