Report: White House debates strategy on
Quoting unnamed senior administration officials, the newspaper said the debate has pitted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her deputies against the few remaining hawks inside the administration, especially those in the office of Vice President Richard Cheney.
Cheney's aides are pressing for greater consideration of military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities while Rice and her supporters emphasize to press
Rice and her deputies appear to be winning so far, the report said.
One year ago, President Bush and Rice announced a new strategy for the
In response, however,
Those numbers are at the core of the debate over whether Bush should warn
Rice for now has increasingly moved toward the European position that the diplomatic path is the only real option for Bush. But Cheney believed that Rice's diplomatic strategy was failing, and that by next spring Bush might have to decide whether to take military action, the New York Times quoted people close to Rice and Cheney as saying.
Bush has publicly vowed that he would never "tolerate" a nuclear
Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns was quoted as saying that negotiations with
The hawks of the Bush administration were deeply unhappy, but not surprised, by Burns' assessment, which they interpreted as a tacit acknowledgement that the Bush administration had no "red line" beyond which
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