Washington-A new threat to the solidarity of the Bush inner-circle arose this morning in a closed-door foreign policy meeting. This new hazard is said to have polarized the room entirely and might have short-term lingering effects. At some point during the morning session a member of Cabinet passed wind and did not own up to it.
This morning's SBD (Silent But Deadly) incident happened at approximately 9:45 directly before the Mr. Bush was to open the meeting with an ongoing assessment of the situation in Iraq. It was difficult to tell which member sensed the offending entity first, but fighting the noble urges to be polite, Sec. of State Colin Powell eventually spoke up. "I am fully aware of the stigma that is attached to the first to smell' the offending odor, but I can assure you something had to be said, my eyes were watering." Powell added, "Oh, by the way, it wasn't me. I haven't had eggs in weeks."
While suspicion has run unchecked through the business end of the White House, many Washington insiders have their own culprits marked and are making no if, ands, or butts about it. One source close to the President indicated that he was sure the SBD originated from the Rice side of the table but that "Rumsfeld can't be ruled out either. I mean he's so old."
At his afternoon briefing Sec. Rumsfeld danced around the issue but eventually denied that he had anything to do with the meeting's stoppage. "I'm not an easy guy to get a straight answer from these days but I'll go on the record for this one. Whoever dropped that MOAF should have their security privileges revoked. At the very least they should change their pants."
When prodded for answers National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice abstained from giving her take on the event and ended the Q & A session by citing Executive Privilege and stepping into the ladies room.