Bush's Furor Over Der Fuhrer

George Bush usually blows off criticism from Europeans, but he lost it when he heard that German Justice Minister Herta Daubler-Gmelin compared him to Hitler. "Bush wants to distract attention from his domestic problems," she said. "That's a popular method. Even Hitler did that." Daubler-Gmelin says she was misquoted. Rather than blaming the Frau, however, Bush lashed out at German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder in private phone conversations with other world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. "He believes that Schroder created the environment for that kind of comment to take place," says a senior Administration official. Putin's reaction? He told Bush...

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