Dick Cheney: The Loyal Hawk

To many Americans, DONALD RUMSFELD's brawny bellicosity is the personification of American strength and confidence. Overseas, many allies and most foes see the Pentagon boss as the picture of American arrogance. Still, the Defense Secretary, 70, gets along well with George W., and why not? Whenever Rumsfeld plays verbal volleyball with Pentagon reporters, he steadfastly quotes the President. He has Bush's backing in the Secretary's uphill efforts to remake the Army, Navy and Air Force into lighter, faster, stealthier versions of themselves. The White House has been reluctant to curb his consolidation of power at the Pentagon, particularly his plan to...

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