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Tuesday, 08 May 2001 12:00 AM

This makes three briefings for the disgraced former President in the course of five days: National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice phoned Clinton and brought him up-to-speed on Bush China policy. So, too, did State Department China Desk officer James Keith in a private State briefing last week.

Besides

1) There is no foreign policy architect. In most previous administrations there was

The new Bush Administration is

Both George Bushes are torn between the two sides: the Cheney/Rummy Group favors a harder line toward Beijing. Thus Rumsfeld’s announced – and then quickly revoked on orders from the White House – decision to suspend military-to-military contact with the Chinese military.

The State-Powell-Rice group favors continuing the China policy originally set by the first President Bush and continued by Clinton. Thus the briefings for the former President -

2) State Department types have disdain for the American people and for American domestic politics. Plus, they usually have a "political tin ear.” The Powell/Rice team are very weak on grasping the

3) The Bush Administration has been thrown off their game recently. The Karl Rove-led team running the mechanics behind the scenes in the campaign was – and is – a highly disciplined group of smart political operatives. They virtually ‘scripted’ every step of the First Hundred Days – and carried that off almost perfectly. But it seems that in the past week – since the end of the 100 days – they are

4) As I wrote yesterday, even getting near Bill Clinton will damage or ruin everything and everybody. He is a strange creature who survives and leaves a wake of destruction behind him.

5) In 1993, after his loss the previous year to Clinton, former President Bush commented on Clinton: "I like the guy.” And he has repeatedly said that – in private as well as public – ever since. Clearly Bush fell – as did Newt Gingrich – under the seductive spell of Clinton.

6) This President George Bush

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