Thursday, August 04, 2005

Bush Flip-Flops (Again)

According to today's Star Tribune,
During a speech in Grapevine, Bush used the phrase "war on terror" no fewer than five times. Not once did he refer to the "global struggle against violent extremism," the wording consciously adopted by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other officials in recent weeks after internal deliberations about how best to communicate how the United States views the challenge it faces.
It is not clear whether the new language embraced by other administration officials was adopted without Bush's approval or if he reversed himself after the change was made. Either way, he planted himself Wednesday firmly on the side of framing the conflict primarily in military terms, and appeared intent on emphasizing that there had been no change in U.S. policy.

When is that Mars mission scheduled to launch?


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