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Hamid and his helicopters

By Tumbler   April 2003

No more Mr Nice Guy

Secretary of State Colin Powell has lost another crucial ally in Washington’s ideological-bureaucratic wars. Moderate Republican intellectual Richard Haass, director of policy planning at the State department, is to replace Les Gelb as head of the council on foreign relations on 1st July. Haass, who ran the middle east desk at the national security council (NSC) in the last Bush administration, has made little secret of his dismay that neoconservative zealots are now running US policy in the region. He fears that the appointment of pardoned Irangate felon Elliot Abrams to Haass’s old NSC job…

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