Dick Cheney: The Calm Mediator

No one spends more time talking with George W. Bush about the war on terrorism than National Security Adviser CONDOLEEZZA RICE. That's because Bush likes to hear all sides--and then looks to Rice to haul the differing opinions together into a unified policy. Iraq has tested her. Arguments over everything from what constituted evidence of Saddam's trickery to whether to ask for a new U.N. resolution sanctioning Iraq have been pushed, pulled and squeezed by every faction. Though Rice, 48, keeps her opinions closely guarded, she has muffled some of the war whoops coming from more hawkish members of the Administration....

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