Debra J. Saunders

 Feith also had some digs for those who believed that "anytime anything goes wrong it is a sign of bad planning."

 I've been disappointed that President Bush's new appointments haven't brought in new blood -- new people with new ideas who can mix it up with the old guard. Should the administration bring in some new blood?

 There is silence, then: "There's some benefit in continuity, and there's some benefit in fresh blood." (Methinks he came down in the continuity column.)

 For the record, some news accounts have reported that Feith is leaving the Pentagon, as if his departure is a fait accompli, while other papers report that he will stay. Feith laughed at the inaccurate reportage and said his future will be determined in the next week or so.

 Is the administration too insular, as many critics claim?

 "I don't think we're insular, let alone too insular," Feith answered. "We develop some ideas, we reach out and draw in other ideas, and then, other ideas get thrust upon us. It's much harder to be insular than you might think. And nobody that I know of aspires to be insular. You really have to work at it to be insular in a country like ours, where people are free with their advice."

Debra J. Saunders

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