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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-23-04 06:31 AM
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3. The power currently resides with the Secretary of Defense....
My guess is that Rumsfeld will be out in 2005, if Bush wins, but Powell will angle for Rumsfeld's job, while leaving the now less powerful Dept. of State to Rice.

Powell has always traded on his image as a moderate, and will use that to work his way into the real power in the White House, the Defense Department.

If Powell can't manage that, both he and Rumsfeld will be out of a job, and Wolfowitz will assume position as Sec. of Defense.

As things get progressively worse, in terms of the election, the greater will be Powell's influence. It's all about perceptions of the White House political arm--the worse it gets, the better it will be for Powell. I don't think Powell will quit if he thinks he can achieve more power by staying.
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