Inside The White House: Peace Still Eludes The Bush Team

Shaping a coherent Middle East policy is tough enough for any Administration, but it is even harder for the Bush team because of a deepening division between hard-liners and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Days after Powell left for Afghanistan in early January, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld teamed up to try to shut down the mission of Powell's Middle East envoy General Anthony Zinni and cut off ties with Yasser Arafat. In a meeting attended by National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Powell's deputy, Richard Armitage, the two hawks argued that after the seizure of...

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