President Bush often complains about lack of transparency in places like North Korea or, more recently, Cuba -- and contrasts that with the United States. Here he is in Vienna in June: "We're a transparent democracy. People know exactly what's on our mind. We debate things in the open. We've got a legislative process that's active."
But the reality is that, particularly when it comes to Bush's foreign policy, the minimal press access to the intensely secret inner workings of the White House and the almost complete lack of effective Congressional oversight have left Bush's decision-making process largely a mystery. Case in point: What is really motivating our policy in the Middle East? And who's really making the decisions? We don't know.