There are no highway signs directing you to Camp As Sayliyah, Central Command's desert headquarters in Qatar. Driving instructions are as follows: take the Western industrial road out of the capital, Doha, and just keep going across the flat, gravelly land for about a half an hour until you see a big checkpoint.In this hazy terrain devoid of landmarks, it's actually possible to miss the 262-acre site.
The State of the Union Message brought opposing forces together under one roof--and not just under the Capitol dome. As part of a new effort to court the world's media, the White House invited foreign reporters from nearly 20 news outlets to watch President Bush's speech with Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz--one of the administration's most ardent hawks.
"Welcome to the military. Get ready to stand in line," my greeter said when I arrived at Fort Benning, Ga., this week for media boot camp. But this five-day course for reporters who have enlisted to cover the next potential gulf war has meant very little standing still.I've carried my LCE (load-carrying equipment) on a five-mile march along a muddy red-clay trail.
Are the United Nations inspectors in Iraq just an international game of rope-a-dope? It certainly seems that President Bush intends to go to war no matter what Hans Blix and his sleuths find--or, more to the point, don't find. "This isn't about inspectors," Bush said again Wednesday.
The numbers just didn't add up. For days leading up to George W. Bush's trip to Lithuania and Romania late last week, White House staffers were projecting that huge crowds would turn out for the president's visit. "The initial estimates are between 50,000 and 100,000," Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told us on Air Force One. "In each place?" asked an incredulous reporter. "Yes."Well, actually, no.
Lofty. It's not the adjective that first comes to mind when describing George W. Bush. Fiesty, maybe, even goofy, but not lofty. Until today.c "President Bush," a Czech reporter said during a press conference here with outgoing President Vaclav Havel in Prague this morning, "you have said some lofty words here." Bush looked confused; he couldn't quite understand--or perhaps believe--the translation. "I said some what?" he asked. "Lofty words," the reporter said again. "No one has ever accused...
Recently, Press Secretary Ari Fleischer reshuffled the seating chart in the White House briefing room. The changes included moving all the news-magazine reporters a few rows back.THE SWITCH CAUSED ENOUGH of a flap that it even became fodder for Conan O'Brien's late-night comedy show the other day.
Smooch. That's the sound of Republicans kissing up to President Bush these days. Most, it seems, want to get on the war bandwagon even before they know exactly where it's headed.AT A RECENT fund-raiser for the Republican Governors Association, Connecticut Gov.
"We're getting the band together," White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett told the group on their first conference call last week. The "Band" is made up of the people who brought you the war in Afghanistan--or at least the accompanying public-relations campaign.
The United Nations is not really George W. Bush's kind of place. First of all, the signage at the headquarters is in French. (The president famously dismissed an American reporter as "intercontinental" for speaking in French.)Bush hates the pomp and circumstance of the world body, where he was introduced this morning as "Your Excellency." And it irks him that the rigid parliamentarian rules dictated that the Brazilian foreign minister got to speak before him.Bush also had to sit through a...
Even when he's engaging in political warfare, Gen. Brent Scowcroft is courteous. Last week, the day before his op-ed titled "Don't Attack Saddam" appeared in The Wall Street Journal, he faxed a copy over to national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice--his protegee when he held what is now her job under Bush the Elder.
The temperature was probably 100 degrees in the shade at Bush's Crawford ranch today. It was cooler than yesterday. The press pool had been summoned for brief comments by the president and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about their meeting this morning.
"Lawrence," George W. Bush said to his chief economic adviser Larry Lindsey last week, "How's the economy?"It's a question Bush asks him almost every time he sees him.
Call it "faith-based capitalism." That's the new religion that President Bush and his economic team are trying to sell around the country.Bush was in Alabama on Monday telling a crowd of Birmingham business leaders and others that, despite the dipping Dow, "the economy is coming back.