A reader's guide to Bob Woodward's State of Denial.

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Oct. 4 2006 11:59 PM

Woodward and You

A reader's guide to State of Denial.

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Page 360: Card thinks through the delicate matter of finally getting rid of Rumsfeld. He talked to Powell, who said: "If I go, Don should go." Card ultimately suggested former Secretary of State James A. Baker. Cheney and Rove shot down the idea of getting rid of Rumsfeld.

Page 428: Card made a second concerted effort to get the president to replace Rumsfeld.

Kissinger Secretly Advises Bush

Pages 406-09: Not only did the former Nixon secretary of state advise Bush and Cheney, he also offered Bush speechwriter Mike Gerson his famous "salted peanut memo," written during the first year of the Nixon administration. It claimed that withdrawal of troops from Vietnam would be like "salted peanuts to the American public; the more U.S. troops come home, the more will be demanded."

Just How Ugly Is It in Iraq?

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Page 471: Charts and graphs from a Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence assessment from May 2006 paint a grim picture of the ground truth in Iraq. Terrorist attacks were increasing, and the insurgents were gaining even after the Iraqi elections, the formation of a government, and a constitution. "Insurgents and terrorists retain the resources and capabilities to sustain and even increase current level of violence through the next year," says the secret Pentagon assessment sent to the White House. The forecast of a more violent 2007 in Iraq contradicted the repeated optimistic statements of President Bush, including one, two days earlier, when he said the country was at a "turning point" that history would mark as the time "the forces of terror began their long retreat."

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