Wednesday, August 03, 2005

So Are We Struggling Or Warring?

Sensing that public support with Iraq has about reached its end, Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon last week made a rhetorical shift, insisting that the U.S. is not at war, but in a "global struggle against violent extremism." Rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?

But then there's President Bush grimly responding today to questions about the number of soldiers we have lost in the last 72 hours...

"Make no mistake about it," Bush said. "We are at war."

I guess Rummy and the boys at Defense didn't get this week's talking points.