The Condensed Bob Woodward

Slate reads Plan of Attack, so you don’t have to. A few choice morsels:

Page 190: In September 2002, Bush tells the press that Iraq can launch a biological or chemical attack within 45 minutes an assertion that the CIA finds completely phony. Director George Tenet refers to it as the “they-can-attack-in-45-minutes shit.”
Page 182-83: Powell reveals that he detests Rumsfeld’s circuitous manner of speaking “One would think “; “Some would say “which he dubs “third-person passive once removed.”
Page 127: When Karl Rove worries about the perception in the media that he’s meddling in foreign affairs, Bush says: “Don’t worry about it. Condi’s territorial. She’s a woman.”
Page 112: On a Mideast trip, Lynne Cheney lunches with an emir’s wife. When do the children here in Bahrain begin school? she asks. The emir’s wife reminds Cheney that she’s in Qatar.

The book is selling like hotcakes, with sales at Barnes & Noble forecast to be in the 60,000 range, according to a WSJ article cited in Publishers Lunch.


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