Rumsfeld vs. Powell

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…..