Leaders in conflict
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When George W. Bush fired Donald H. Rumsfeld in November 2006 he ended a conflict. Not the Iraq war, which would go on for several more years, but a war about the war, fought in the shadows and engaged largely through inaction, the fudging of differences, and misdirection rather than open hostilities. In Iraq, the president was prepared to pay a high cost in American lives, treasure, and prestige to win. The secretary of defense favored turning the war over to the Iraqis, and was comfortable with the risk that Iraq would disintegrate into chaos.

Leaders in conflict

Bush and Rumsfeld in Iraq


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