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A bluffer's guide to Washington's hawks and doves

By Tumbler   February 2003

A who’s who of doves and hawks

Forget the glib descriptions of the battle between Pentagon hawks and State department doves. The key to understanding the confused process of Bush administration decision-making is to understand that hawks and doves flock and fight all across Washington. Even before the North Koreans came along to spoil the party, there was no single institution of state that could claim an in-house consensus. Here’s a bluffer’s guide to the state of play.

The Pentagon. Civilians like Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz and under-secretary Doug Feith are total hawks. The military men…

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