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Four Years Later, Victory For Kerry


Via Jake Tapper, the Bush administration's new National Defense Strategy (pdf) contains the following:

The struggle against violent extremists will not end with a single
battle or campaign. Rather, we will defeat them through the patient
accumulation of quiet successes and the orchestration of all elements
of national and international power. We will succeed by eliminating the
ability of extremists to strike globally and catastrophically while
also building the capacity and resolve of local governments to defeat
them regionally. Victory will include discrediting extremist ideology,
creating fissures between and among extremist groups and reducing them
to the level of nuisance groups that can be tracked and handled by law
enforcement capabilities. (emphasis added)

Which, of course, sounds suspiciously like a common-sense throwaway line of John Kerry's four years ago, which President Bush readily concurred with slammed as defeatist and na

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