Richard Sale put together a better exposition of the alleged/denied meeting in the second version, perhaps as a way of defending the original story by providing more detail.

I wonder about the rapid and vehement White House reaction. Are they unhappy because the President is absent from the scene? Or because the hawks come across as too beligerent for the new, improved, triumphant, benevolent Bush 2004 look? Or because the Likud-Neocon policy strategies look too closely coordinated? Are they concerned about the image of Rumsfeld and Ephraim Halevy (former head of Mossad) arguing against Powell, Rice and Rove about invading another country? Do other countries get to attend our cabinet meetings now?
- mark 5-03-2003 10:34 am

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