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Asian Fantasies
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The makeover of “Wolfie,” as Bush calls his Pentagon buddy, was badly needed-and probably eagerly sought-because Wolfowitz’s name and reputation was seriously tarnished in the press during the confusing aftermath of 9-11. Most damaging was an anecdote that appeared in the Washington Post under the byline of veteran reporter (and self-appointed Bush historian) Bob Woodward. It portrayed Wolfowitz as so fanatical about Saddam that once, during a meeting at Camp David, he drew a silent but withering rebuke from Bush, and a reprimand from Chief of Staff Andrew Card, for interrupting Donald Rumsfeld to push his own arguments for invading Iraq. “The story has congealed into Washington wisdom, confirming the image of Wolfowitz as a man possessed,” Keller wrote in his puff piece.