President Bush is calling on European leaders to support his campaign to spread democracy abroad at a time people in many of those countries have doubts whether that should be the U.S. role in the world, Associated Press polling found.
The elephant in the room that was utterly ignored during President Bush’s introduction of John Negroponte as his nominee for the new post of director of national intelligence was, of course, the FBI. In assuring reporters and those watching on television that Negroponte would have his ear and his strong support, the president talked only in terms of the CIA.
There is something on Capitol Hill that is almost as important as daily briefings, polls and wireless Blackberries. It sits in senators’ leather briefcases, unassuming. Members of Congress keep it close on their desks, next to pictures of their wives. And press secretaries pass it around to colleagues in meetings, along with copies of the morning paper.