Is This Feud Necessary?

There's nothing quite like a spat between old friends. After German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder narrowly won re-election last week, the Bush Administration subjected him to a series of calculated snubs, punishment for a campaign in which he forcefully opposed a war in Iraq--and during which his Justice Minister (since forced to resign) reportedly compared Bush's tactics to Hitler's. One reason for the Bushies' anger, Administration sources claim, is that Schroder left a clear impression with Bush that he would eventually support the U.S. against Iraq. "Schroder looked him in the eye and lied," says one Bush aide. Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer...

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