Steering Clear of Damage

When George W. Bush learned that the nation's immigration service had approved the student visas of two Sept. 11 hijackers six months after their attack, he was, by his own description, "plenty hot." In the past few weeks, the FBI has suffered even more spectacular embarrassments--missed signals that pointed to the coming attack, accusations of a cover-up, the public airing of infighting--yet the needle on Bush's thermostat has barely fluttered. Instead, he mildly conceded that "the FBI was an organization full of fine people that loved America" but "it needed to change." Even in private, advisers say, Bush has kept his...

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