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  • I've read several Woodward books (though I listened to Bush at War). I don't imagine I am normal, however. But perhaps the reason "this is being portrayed as some kind of dramatic revelation rather than media conventional wisdom for the past three years" is because it *isn't*.

    Conventional wisdom has said Bush is controlled by Cheney, yet this book says he isn't. Conventional wisdom has said Bush is the one who pushed for the bad intel against the wishes of the CIA, but this book says he didn't.

  • Your post made it sound like that snippet was a quote from Woodward. It isn't, of course. The author of that piece writes, in addition to what you quoted:

    Second, the book is not a critical account of the Bush administration. Although Woodward says he cross-checks each protagonist's account against others, there are few challenges to what they say.

    That this is regarded as extraordinary is puzzling. This is what reporters are supposed to do: report the facts, not question whether the actions are right