Role Reversal: Bush Wants War, Pentagon Urges Caution

| January 29, 2003

?The President considers this nation to be at war,? a White House insider tells Doug Thompson of Capitol Hill Blue, ?and, as such, considers any opposition to his policies to be no less than an act of treason.? President Bush can now add the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Colin Powell to his distinguished list of ?traitors.?

The Joint Chiefs of Staff recently urged the president to let the U.N. finish its inspections and build a stronger Middle East coalition before invading Iraq. Their recommendation infuriated both the president and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who reportedly told them to ?get in line or find other jobs.? Colin Powell has also advised the president that he is pursuing a ?dangerous course.?

Bush?s dissenting cabinet members are wise to advocate caution, as Arab nations have told U.S. diplomats they may side with Iraq if the US attacks without United Nations support.
-Erin Ferdinand

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