Powell asked for a meeting with Bush. The same day, Jan. 25, 2002, Cheney's office struck a preemptive blow. It appeared to come from Gonzales, a longtime Bush confidant whom the president nicknamed "Fredo."
Gonzales, a former Texas judge, had the seniority and the relationship with Bush. But Addington--man of imposing demeanor, intellect and experience--dominated the group. Gonzales "was not a law-of-war expert and didn't have very developed views," Yoo recalled, echoing blunter observations by the Texan's White House colleagues.Isaac Chotiner