Former Powell Aide: Bush Was 'Sarah Palin-Like' in His Knowledge of Foreign Policy
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In an interview with Vanity Fair for its upcoming issue on the Bush White House, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, ripped President Bush, saying that after the 2000 election, Bush's knowledge of foreign affairs was as poor as that of Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:
We had this confluence of characters -- and I use that term very carefully -- that included people like Powell, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, and so forth, which allowed one perception to be "the dream team." It allowed everybody to believe that this Sarah Palin-like president -- because, let's face it, that's what he was -- was going to be protected by this national security elite, tested in the cauldrons of fire.
Satyam Khanna is a research associate for the Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.