Even better, the group being shut out appears to be composed primarily of State Department staffers and has-beens from the previous Bush Administration desparately trying to cover up their mistakes in the last Gulf War by compounding with repitition.
This is the nut graf:
Powell has stressed his support for the war plan, and those operating behind the scenes said they were acting without Powell's blessing. Indeed, among this group, there is criticism of Powell for failing to combat some of the assumptions about the war with Iraq more forcefully. “Powell won't pick up the fight and won't represent State Department professionals who are appalled by what is about to happen,” a former party official said.Bwahahaha! This is supposed to be a problem? Ignoring the appeasers and tyrannophiles in the State Department? I cannot contain my mirth. Powell gets a gold star from me for this story.