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See today's Washington Post story on Cheney's explaining how Bush's nominating administration people who walk in lockstep with him to foreign policy positions -- Bolton, Hughes, Rice, Wolfowitz -- will benefit American diplomacy. Critics say the value of dissenting opinions, something Bushies have never liked, will be lost to America. Here's an excerpt:

Cheney Defends Bush Appointments
Vice President Says Loyalists in Diplomatic Posts Will Strengthen U.S. Position
By Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 23, 2005; Page A01

Vice President Cheney said yesterday that the elevation of White House loyalists and supporters of the Iraq war to key diplomatic posts puts the United States in a stronger position to force changes at the United Nations and improve the U.S. image abroad.

Cheney has been a driving force in the administration's foreign policy and privately advocated for Bolton to get the U.N. job and for longtime ally Paul D. Wolfowitz to head the World Bank. The vice president said top-level changes at the State Department should help set a better course.


See Monday's Washington Post story on Wolfolwitz's charm offensive in seeking the presidency of the World Bank. Here's an excerpt from it:

Wolfowitz Strives To Quell Criticism
World Bank Nominee Bolstering Image
By Paul Blustein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 21, 2005; Page A01

He has telephoned Bono, the Irish rock star who champions the cause of Africa's poor. He has granted interviews to French newspapers, planned visits to European officials and praised his prospective staffers.

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz, the man tapped by President Bush to become president of the World Bank, is energetically reaching out to his critics in the hope of persuading them that he would do a lot better at heading the bank than they might think. He appears to be making progress. But as the neoconservative hawk best known as the brains behind the war in Iraq, he has his job cut out for him.


03.23.05

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