White House in a ‘State of Denial’

Bob Woodward’s new book, “State of Denial,” reportedly describes a White House that ignored urgent warnings from Iraq, dismissed assessments from U.S. commanders in Iraq, and was so dysfunctional that President Bush had to tell Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to return the phone calls of then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.
The book also reports that former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card twice urged Bush to fire Rumsfeld — once with the support of first lady Laura Bush. But Bush didn’t do it, in part, Woodward reports, because Vice President Dick Cheney and political adviser Karl Rove told him not to.
More excerpts from the book, which isn’t released until Monday, will appear in the Washington Post this weekend. Woodward is also doing an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee