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Interesting. Bush says we can't win this war. Kerry says we absolutely can. I think we need a President who is confident in America and her abilities and is committed to winning the War on Terror. All the more reason to vote for John Kerry. Ought to be interesting to hear Hannity, Rxush, etc spin this today.

 

[/font size=+2]Bush: Terror war can't be won[/font size]

 

Opponent Kerry replies that war is 'absolutely' winnable

 

By Rick Pearson

 

Chicago Tribune

 

 

NASHUA, N.H. - Despite campaigning for months as the candidate who can win the war on terror, President Bush said in an interview broadcast Monday he didn't think such a war could ever be won but that it was important to reshape the world to make terrorism "less acceptable."

 

"I don't think you can win it," Bush said in the interview on NBC's "Today" show. "But I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world."

 

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry immediately countered that he thought a struggle against terror was "absolutely" winnable.

 

Bush aides sought to downplay the president's remark, saying it was a reflection of Bush's views about a war being conducted against a nontraditional type of enemy that has no nation or geographical borders.

 

"This is an unconventional war with an unconventional enemy," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "I don't think there'll be a formal surrender or a treaty signed."

 

But, McClellan said, "We will prevail in the war on terrorism."

 

The comments by the president, recorded during a campaign stop with the TV network on Saturday in Ohio, were immediately assailed by Kerry's campaign as defeatist.

 

"After months of listening to the Republicans base their campaign on their singular ability to win the war on terror, the president now says we can't win the war on terrorism," Kerry running mate Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., said in a statement.

 

"This is no time to declare defeat - it won't be easy and it won't be quick, but we have a comprehensive long-term plan to make America safer. And that's a difference," Edwards said.

 

Kerry, who was taking the traditional tact of laying low during the opposing party's convention, was asked in Nantucket, Mass., if the war on terror could be won.

 

"Absolutely," Kerry replied before heading off to windsurf.

 

Bush has long maintained that victory against terrorism could take generations and has urged Americans to be patient.

 

Still, Bush's campaign speeches to rally-goers and campaign materials distributed to supporters have been peppered for months with references to winning the war on terror. During his stump speeches, he speaks of "his plan to win the war on terror."

 

As recently as Sunday, during a campaign appearance in Wheeling, W.Va., Bush said, "I am running again because I know we have more to do to wage and win the war against terror."

 

In April, Bush said he found it "interesting" when people would ask if the nation could win the war on terror.

 

With his latest comments, the president for the first time termed the fight unwinnable and instead cast the battle as one the United States must wage both with military strength and through an effort to foster the expansion of democracy around the world. He also used the fight as justification for his doctrine of pre-emptive military action against nations that harbor terrorists and gathering threats.

 

On Monday, as he campaigned in the battleground state of New Hampshire, Bush did not mention winning the war on terror.

 

Bush's comments came as Republicans opened their national convention in New York. Bush on Thursday will accept his party's renomination for president.

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Interesting. Bush says we can't win this war. Kerry says we absolutely can. I think we need a President who is confident in America and her abilities and is committed to winning the War on Terror. All the more reason to vote for John Kerry. Ought to be interesting to hear Hannity, Rxush, etc spin this today.

 

[/font size=+2]Bush: Terror war can't be won[/font size]

 

Opponent Kerry replies that war is 'absolutely' winnable

 

By Rick Pearson

 

Chicago Tribune

 

 

NASHUA, N.H. - Despite campaigning for months as the candidate who can win the war on terror, President Bush said in an interview broadcast Monday he didn't think such a war could ever be won but that it was important to reshape the world to make terrorism "less acceptable."

 

"I don't think you can win it," Bush said in the interview on NBC's "Today" show. "But I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world."

 

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry immediately countered that he thought a struggle against terror was "absolutely" winnable.

 

Bush aides sought to downplay the president's remark, saying it was a reflection of Bush's views about a war being conducted against a nontraditional type of enemy that has no nation or geographical borders.

 

"This is an unconventional war with an unconventional enemy," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "I don't think there'll be a formal surrender or a treaty signed."

 

But, McClellan said, "We will prevail in the war on terrorism."

 

The comments by the president, recorded during a campaign stop with the TV network on Saturday in Ohio, were immediately assailed by Kerry's campaign as defeatist.

 

"After months of listening to the Republicans base their campaign on their singular ability to win the war on terror, the president now says we can't win the war on terrorism," Kerry running mate Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., said in a statement.

 

"This is no time to declare defeat - it won't be easy and it won't be quick, but we have a comprehensive long-term plan to make America safer. And that's a difference," Edwards said.

 

Kerry, who was taking the traditional tact of laying low during the opposing party's convention, was asked in Nantucket, Mass., if the war on terror could be won.

 

"Absolutely," Kerry replied before heading off to windsurf.

 

Bush has long maintained that victory against terrorism could take generations and has urged Americans to be patient.

 

Still, Bush's campaign speeches to rally-goers and campaign materials distributed to supporters have been peppered for months with references to winning the war on terror. During his stump speeches, he speaks of "his plan to win the war on terror."

 

As recently as Sunday, during a campaign appearance in Wheeling, W.Va., Bush said, "I am running again because I know we have more to do to wage and win the war against terror."

 

In April, Bush said he found it "interesting" when people would ask if the nation could win the war on terror.

 

With his latest comments, the president for the first time termed the fight unwinnable and instead cast the battle as one the United States must wage both with military strength and through an effort to foster the expansion of democracy around the world. He also used the fight as justification for his doctrine of pre-emptive military action against nations that harbor terrorists and gathering threats.

 

On Monday, as he campaigned in the battleground state of New Hampshire, Bush did not mention winning the war on terror.

 

Bush's comments came as Republicans opened their national convention in New York. Bush on Thursday will accept his party's renomination for president.

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