The Comity of the Willing
Annals of detente: Colin Powell and Don Rumsfeld like each other. Really!
We've all heard stories about behind-the-scenes feuding between our secretary of state and secretary of defense over the Iraq war. But now comes word that Powell and Rumsfeld were warm and chummy on Friday evening at Rummy's home in Kalorama, where the SecDef hosted a tribute to ambassadors from countries that backed the U.S. invasion and occupation. Powell and his wife, Alma, joined about 80 others for a buffet and reception at the pre-9/11 anniversary event for diplomats, Pentagon leaders and various Iraq-connected officials. Among the dignitaries: Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary; L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer, former U.S. administrator in Iraq; and Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Some 25 ambassadors turned out, representing coalition partners ranging from Australia to Mongolia. Our sources say Powell and Rumsfeld stood side by side in the living room, offering words of gratitude to the foreign diplomats. "Their comments reflected the warm feelings they had on behalf of the United States for what these countries did for the coalition," Lawrence Di Rita, a Pentagon spokesman, told us yesterday.
He was there and is happy to set the record straight: "These two individuals know each other well and are friendly."
A State Department official close to Powell eagerly weighed in, too: "Their differences are all about business. It's not personal. They've never had a heated argument of any kind."
Patrick Leahy, A Friend of the Dead
* Night of the Giving Dead: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) wants well-heeled Deadheads to support his reelection by truckin' down to the Ritz-Carlton in Washington on Sept. 20 for a concert and fundraiser featuring Mickey Hart and Bob Weir, formerly of the Grateful Dead. Tickets start at $100, but a thousand bucks buys you a VIP reception and photo with band members (also playing: O.A.R. and the Flying Other Brothers).
Just how groovy a jam-band fan is the senator? Upon recently introducing a bill he calls the Anti-Phishing Act of 2004, he took pains to point out: "Those well versed in popular culture may guess that it was named after the phenomenally popular Vermont band Phish. But phishing over the Internet was, in fact, named from the sport of fishing, as an analogy for its technique of luring Internet prey with convincing e-mail bait. The 'F' is replaced by a 'PH' in keeping with a computer hacker tradition." Right on, Mr. Senator Dude.
* Tickets go on sale Saturday for what you might call Liberal-palooza: an Oct. 11 concert at MCI Center featuring 14 musical acts on the Vote for Change tour benefiting America Coming Together, a group that's working to get Democrats to the polls. "We all wanted to come back together for a finale show after we had finished our separate tour dates," Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam said in a statement yesterday. "We thought our nation's capital seemed like the most ideal place to do that." Also on the bill: R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, Bonnie Raitt, the Dixie Chicks, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Jurassic 5, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Keb' Mo'. (Mo' info: www.act04.com.)
* A royal party: After former CNN Baghdad correspondent Rym Brahimi wed Prince Ali of Jordan in a private ceremony, they held a blowout (complete with fireworks) in Amman last week. Held on a cliff overlooking the Dead Sea, the celebration attracted more than 500 of the couple's closet -- and luckiest -- friends Thursday night. Royal family members included King Abdullah, Ali's half-brother, and his wife Queen Rania, Crown Prince Hamza, Princess Haya and Queen Noor. Also attending were friends of Rym's father, U.N. diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, and many CNNers. Among them: Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, chief Baghdad bureau chief Jane Arraf, CNN International anchor Fionnuala Sweeney and chief news exec Eason Jordan and his steady date, Marianne Pearl.
Now Tenet Will Give Readers His CIA Briefing
* Spy saga: After months of being courted by publishers, ex-CIA director George Tenet has decided to write a book describing how he ran the agency for seven years, its counterterrorism efforts before and after 9/11, and the decisions that led to the war in Iraq. He's retained literary super-lawyer Robert Barnett, who secured huge advances for memoirs by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton.
Tenet, who left office in July in the wake of criticism over intelligence failures, is expected to offer a defense of his efforts to rebuild the spy agency. We also hear he'll get help with the writing from former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, a novelist, who also left office this summer. No publishing house has been picked yet.
Drink like a comb-over reality show king: If you're not over Donald Trump-mania yet, slake your thirst for more with authentic Trump Ice water, available in 16-oz. bottles featuring his mug. Commercial real estate broker Ann Page of McLean recently became its wholesale distributor for the Washington area. "I've read that his name brand is now worth $100 million, but the public can buy it for $1.50," she tells us. That's a discount: "It just wasn't competitive in this area for $2.00." She hosted an "Apprentice" viewing party last week where 75 guests toasted the Donald. If you simply must have Tump Ice, local retailers include Cecile's in Gaithersbutg and McLean, the Vineyard in McLean and Phase Investments in Reston.
With Anne Schroeder