The Note: The Shrum Primary Color

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President Bush's 20/20 interview:

As the President and First Lady Laura Bush sat down yesterday afternoon with ABC's Barbara Walters, Mr. Bush talked about his decision to go to war in Iraq, even though evidence now concludes that no weapons of mass destruction were there.

Barbara Walters: This was our main reason for going in. So now when we read, "Okay, the search is over," what do you feel?

President Bush: Well, like you, I felt like we'd find weapons of mass destruction. Or like many, many here in the United States, many around the world, the United Nations thought he had weapons of mass destruction, and so therefore, one, we need to find out what went wrong in the intelligence gathering. Saddam was dangerous. And . . . the world was safer without him in power.

Walters: But was it worth it if there were no weapons of mass destruction? Now that we know that that was wrong? Was it worth it?

Bush: Oh, absolutely.

The full exclusive interview airs this Friday on ABC News' "20/20" (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET).

Bush agenda:

Carla Ann Robbins of the Wall Street Journal has an excellent profile of incoming NSA Steven Hadley, which includes this great paragraph:

"Fixing Mr. Hadley on the ideological spectrum is difficult; neither moderates nor hawks will claim him — or Ms. Rice — as part of their camp. News reports have described him as Mr. Cheney's man, dating back to his Pentagon service in the first Bush administration. But he got that job thanks to a recommendation from Brent Scowcroft, national-security adviser to former Presidents Ford and Bush, and the archetypical moderate Republican internationalist who has been an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq."

Oh heck. Here are two more:

"Mr. Hadley gets high marks for intellect and personal discipline. But even with those skills, 'almost nothing ever got decided at the deputies' level,' says one senior official who blames ideological and institutional divisions, but also says that 'Steve wasn't one to force a consensus.' Mr. Hadley also is identified with one of the most dramatic process snafus of the first term: taking personal responsibility for the failure to excise — even after the Central Intelligence Agency insisted — from President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address the charge that Iraq sought to buy uranium in Africa for a nuclear-weapons program."

"Ms. Rice has described Mr. Hadley as her 'alter ego.' Aides say the two plan to coordinate appointments of senior staff, to ensure a better relationship between the NSC and State, which the White House has considered a rebellious province for the past four years. In theory, their close alliance also would give Ms. Rice additional fire power if she decides to take on Mr. Rumsfeld and the Pentagon."

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