An Initiative by Any Other Name
Don't want to give it a try yet?
Okay. The White House transcript says:
"THE FOLLOWING PORTION IS ON THE RECORD:
"Q: I was going to ask you about the news of the day: Did you have any wind of [CIA Director George J.] Tenet's plan?
"Dr. RICE: I learned about it just a few minutes before the president went out [to announce the resignation]."
A Man's Best Friend
Quote of the Week comes from Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage, interviewed Friday by fifth-graders from Delaware Valley Elementary School News/TV in Milford, Pa.
"How did you get the nickname 'Powell's bulldog?' " one student asked.
Replied Armitage: "I can't imagine. . . . I thought it would be 'Powell's poodle,' which has some alliteration."
No Ministers to Summit Up
The G-8 Summit on Sea Island, Ga., promises to be a fine gathering. Most often, secretaries of state attend and meet with the other foreign ministers.
But as of Friday, it looked like Secretary of State Colin L. Powell might not be going. The feeling at State was that Powell had just met his counterparts, they weren't going to attend, and it felt like he'd "been there, done that."
No other secretary of state had skipped one of these events when they are on U.S. soil. (The locations rotate among the members.) Henry A. Kissinger went to the first such summit with President Gerald R. Ford in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1976; George P. Shultz accompanied President Ronald Reagan to Williamsburg; James A. Baker III went with President George H.W. Bush to Houston; and Madeleine K. Albright went with President Bill Clinton to Denver.
Powell, flying back from Ecuador on Tuesday, could almost wave as he flew over.
Then on Saturday, we got word he might still go at the end of lunch with African heads of state who are invited. Later that day his schedule grew to meeting with leaders coming from Arab countries.
Where Are They Now?
Speaking of antiquated notions . . . John Bridgeland, former director of the Bush II Domestic Policy Council and of the USA Freedom Corps, is opening a bipartisan, yes, bipartisan policy firm called "Civic Enterprises," to help communities address social issues.
The firm includes John J. DiIulio Jr., formerly of the Bush White House, and such Democrats as Clinton policy aide William Galston.
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