The NY Times has a nice writeup by David E. Sanger of Bush's meeting of the minds past and present..In attendance were: Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, Robert S. McNamara, Melvin R. Laird and James R. Schlesinger among others.
Bushie jumped on Madeline with BOTH feet when she said, and I quote from the article:"asked President Bush whether, with the war "taking up all the energy" of his foreign policy team, he had let the nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea spin out of control and allowed Latin America and China policy suffer by neglect. " The shrub responded with the following:"I can't let this comment stand," Mr. Bush shot back, telling Ms. Albright and the rare assembly of her colleagues, who reached back to the Kennedy White House, that his administration "can do more than one thing at a time." The Bush administration, he insisted, had "the best relations of any country with Japan, China and Korea," and had active programs to make alliances around the world."
Colin Powell didnt say a WORD during the little get-together..by little I mean a whole 5 to 10 minutes for discussion with the group that included alot of braintrusts from former administrations. Bush is an idiot..pure and simple,refusing to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to confer with some of the people that molded this country. After the 10 minutes he ushered them all into the Oval office for a photo op. Bush had the nads to call it a "family picture".
If anyone wanted to actually say something of merit, they were herded across the hall to speak to some underlings..Shrub,Rummy, Condi and Cheney split..seriously..they left as quick as their feet could get them the hell out of there.
The man never ceases to amaze me..his ignornance and stupidity top the charts sportsfans..