RUMSFELD vs. POWELL….Juan Cole speculates that the violence spreading through Iraq right now was partly the result of an internal power struggle within the Bush administration that has paralyzed decisionmaking:

If so, it may be that certain forces within the administration took advantage of the lack of a clear reporting line to launch the assault on Muqtada al-Sadr, hoping to effect a fait accompli and forestalling any later State Department attempt to treat with him. If this interpretation is correct, the retreating Department of Defense may sow a lot of land mines for hapless State before June 30.

Rumsfeld is deliberately trying to reduce State’s freedom of action after the turnover? Hmmm…..