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The Bush blip?

Behind many of the recent books about the Bush administration, there is a surprising consensus: the cold war background of many of its key members made it uninterested in stateless terrorism. But that same cold war background may mean that the Iraq war will prove a temporary aberration

By Anatol Lieven   August 2004

Bob Woodward, the journalist of Watergate fame, has become America’s court chronicler, with all the good and bad this term implies. The details of the Bush administration’s planning for the Iraq war, which Woodward describes in his latest book, Plan of Attack, would have come into the open sooner or later, as the figures who talked to him talked to others and wrote their memoirs. Woodward has nonetheless performed a real service by speeding up the process.

As a court chronicler, Woodward is least valuable when the court is united around the monarch, as was the case in the months…

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