When it comes to Iraq, the Bush administration’s foreign policy team is speaking with one voice: All the players are saying that despite faulty prewar intelligence, the president’s decision to go to war was right. But behind the unanimity is dissonance in tones and forcefulness that suggests the deeper differences that have been part of the Bush foreign policy since the beginning. The failure to see eye to eye extends to the so-called Bush doctrine of preemptive war – one of the administration’s defining policies – and reaches to the president’s top foreign-policy players. The continuing differences have only added to President Bush’s woes as the White House has grappled with questions of whether what the administration knew about Iraq justified a war. But the bigger issue, some experts say, is what the differences suggest about the administration’s ability to confront continuing problems, like North Korea and Iran, especially as Bush enters a battle for reelection. Full Story
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