Link Report: Washington plans to bypass Schröder According to a report in_the_German newsweekly_Focus, U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice reportedly told a high-level German visitor that the White House would continue to ostracize German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder because of his opposition to the war in Iraq. Rice was quoted as saying that relations between the two countries were slowly getting back on track,_but suggested that the chancellor would be left out of any negotiations. The magazine_reported that Rice said_Bush was aware of Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's past as a leftist street fighter turned politician and does not believe he is suited to be a statesman. Once again GW & Co. have decided that they control internal politics, not the Germans. Their blatant disregard for the democratic process in a friendly country is mind boggling. GW refused to congratulate Schroeder on his election win. Something virtually unheard of amongst NATO members. His pettiness and spitefulness bely his christian faith and have virtually no precedence in American history. Is there any more doubt that Bush is attempting to divide and weaken the EU?