Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Bush Cites Setbacks in Rebuilding By the U.S.

Bush Cites Setbacks in Rebuilding By the U.S.: "After sticking mainly to friendly military settings in recent months, Bush chose a more skeptical audience yesterday in addressing the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan organization of diplomats, academics and journalists, many of whom oppose his Iraq policy.
The White House was not allowed to hang its usual slogans, such as 'Plan for Victory,' behind the presidential lectern. At the same time, Bush refused to honor the council tradition of taking questions from the audience, as President Bill Clinton did in 1998 and Vice President Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and others have more recently. Haass, the council president, said he decided it was worth making an exception as Bush became only the second sitting president to address the council."

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