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Bartlett questions Woodward "State of Denial" thesis
From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

ATLANTA (CNN) -- White House counselor Dan Bartlett criticized Bob Woodward's assertion that President Bush is in a "state of denial" over the Iraq war, and charged that the evidence in Woodward's new book doesn't back up his "thesis."

"Throughout this book, throughout many of the president's public speeches, he's been very blunt with the American people about the difficulty of this war, he's been very blunt about the challenges we face," Bartlett said in an interview on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer." He's gone to great lengths to explain how we're adapting our strategy to the enemy's tactics. As you've covered before, in late last year and early this year, the president gave a series of speeches where he was talking about how we had made some mistakes, how we've changed the way we're training Iraqi security forces, for example.

"In this book, I must say, I was really -- I am puzzled by the fact that he's come to the conclusion of this title, this central thesis, because I don't even think the evidence in his own book backs it up," Bartlett said.

Woodward's book "State of Denial" is being excerpted in Sunday's Washington Post. He is an assistant managing editor at the newspaper.
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