TITLE

D.C. Anger Management

AUTHOR(S)
Thomas, Evan; Lipper, Tamara
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);10/20/2003 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 142 Issue 16, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses comments made by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the press. Rumsfled is known for his brusqueness with the press. But for him to be snippy with reporters about national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice was unusual and noteworthy. Last week, at a meeting with a round table of foreign journalists, Rummy was pressed about a New York Times article that stated "the White House has ordered a major reorganization" of the reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Senior administration officials" had told the paper that a new "Iraq Stabilization Group" would be run by Rice. What, reporters wanted to know, did Rumsfeld have to say about the "restructuring"? "I don't know," said Rumsfeld, "you have to ask them." A reporter asked, "It's not clear why?" Rumsfeld: "I said I didn't know. Isn't that clear? You don't understand English?" Rumsfeld's snarkiness seemed to confirm what most Washington insiders already suspected: the "major reorganization" was seen as a slap at Rumsfeld and the Pentagon. The flap also added grist to rumors that Rumsfeld would be out of George W. Bush's cabinet in a second term. One top Bush aide, though, sought to dismiss the outburst as not particularly noteworthy: Rummy, he said, simply "needed to let off a little steam." While Bush himself claims not to read the newspapers, he did take time to caution his staff last week to "rise above" Washington backbiting.
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