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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Yesterday, the president was asked by Matt Lauer if the United States could win the war on terror. Reversing what he has said time and again about winning the war on terror (see below), Bush responded, "I don't think you can win it." Today, at a speech in Nashville, Bush said, "We meet today in a time of war for our country, a war we did not start, but one that we will win."

So the argument apparently goes something like this: Bush is the best qualified to lead our nation to victory in the war on terror, yet victory in the war on terror is unattainable. Huh? This should pretty much put an end to that whole "flip-flop" line of attack, shouldn't it?

From Bush's January 2004 State of the Union address:
"Many of our troops are listening tonight. And I want you and your families to know: America is proud of you. And my administration, and this Congress, will give you the resources you need to fight and win the war on terror."
From Bush's now-infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech:

"The war on terror is not over; yet it is not endless. We do not know the day of final victory, but we have seen the turning of the tide. No act of the terrorists will change our purpose, or weaken our resolve, or alter their fate. Their cause is lost. Free nations will press on to victory."

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