The left-wing asshat brigade has been going full tilt after this story hit the wire this morning.
In an interview on NBC-TV's "Today" show, Bush vowed to stay the course in the war on terror, saying perseverance in the battle would make the world safer for future generations. But he suggested an all-out victory against terrorism might not be possible.
Asked "Can we win?" Bush said, "I don�t think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the-- those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world."
Look, this is quite simple. What is the goal of the war on terror? To defeat America's enemies and keep Americans safe. If that is the objective is met then we win. This is what "winning" means in this sense. It's figurative, not literal. There is no end, in the sense that we're going to get Osama bin Laden signing the Articles of Surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri, after which we can wipe our brows and say, "Well, I'm glad that's over!"
The war on terror is analogous to fighting crime. There's never going to be an "end" to crime, so in that sense it can never be defeated. Is the fact that there will always be criminals reason not to fight them? Of course not.
The war on terror is being fought on many fronts: militarily, diplomatically, economically, and so on. Bush is absolutely right that it can never be defeated in the sense that Islamofascism is an ideology and not a country or a military force, and terrorism is its tactic. We have to continue to fight and remain vigilant, forever, for it is only through vigilance, strength, force, will, and perseverance that we ill prevail.
Of course, the media would have to believe that Bush is too stupid to tie his shoes in the morning, so obviously he's not smart enough to be, ya know, philosophical!