posted on Jan, 5 2006 @ 10:00 AM
U.S. President George W. Bush will be meeting with a group of government secretaries of State and Defense from previous administrations, some of whom
have publicly criticized his policies in the past, to discuss the current situation in Iraq and other topics, in an apparent attempt to dispell the
notion that he's in a "bubble" surrounded only by like-minded individuals and yes-men. The group includes Colin Powell, William Perry, Madeleine
Albright, Lawrence Eagleburger, William Cohen, James Schlesinger, Robert McNamara and others. The entire group will receive an up-to-date status
report on Iraq from Gen. George Casey, the U.S. commander in Iraq, and Zalmay Khalizad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq before engaging in an open
WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, who has been criticized for consulting with only a tight circle of trusted aides, is
soliciting the views of former secretaries of state and defense, some of whom have doubted his Iraq policy.
The group will meet Bush on Thursday and will be briefed by Gen. George Casey, the U.S. commander in Iraq, as well as Zalmay Khalilzad, the American
"The president initiated an effort to broaden the outreach," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "It is an opportunity to talk about our plan
for victory in Iraq, and the progress we're making and the challenges ahead."
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I think this is a good idea. I support Bush, but do think he tends to isolate himself, and the infusion of new ideas from a diverse group of people
like this would be helpful. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this.