Bush's New Battle Plan For the War of Words

When National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice announced that the President would be making a series of speeches this week, it looked like the stagecraft that signals a big U-turn. Advisers had been whispering about making a "recalibration," in which the President would tighten up the message about progress in the war overseas and safety at home. Was this it? Yes, but by using big-shot Rice, the White House sent too strong a signal--sometimes even the recalibration needs recalibration. The more nuanced shift of this week, according to an adviser, is "setting things right and putting them in perspective." With anthrax mysteries...

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