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The shake-up of Bush's national security team makes Cheney look isolated—but don't count him out yet. Plus the Republicans prepare for congressional war

By Tumbler   February 2007

Cheney versus the realists

The big question over President Bush’s shake-up of the national security team is the impact on the hitherto all-powerful Dick Cheney. He has lost Donald Rumsfeld, his old friend and ally at the Pentagon, and the new defence secretary, Robert Gates, is a pragmatic career bureaucrat from the CIA. Gates is much closer to the realists around Bush senior like Jim Baker than to the zealots preferred by Bush junior; he was one of the first people Baker called to join his Iraq Study Group. The new director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, who used to…

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