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White House Responds to O'Neill's Criticisms

President Bush once defended Paul H. O’Neill’s penchant for speaking his mind, saying his then-Treasury secretary was “refreshingly candid.” Now, he is finding out just how candid O’Neill can be. Bush and his aides have been forced to respond to stinging criticisms from a former member of their inner circle in a new book by a prominent journalist that has been the talk of Washington for several days. In the book, O’Neill, who was fired by Bush in late 2002, portrays the president as disengaged during Cabinet meetings and eager almost from Day One of his administration to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. Full Story

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