One of the primary examples cited by Dana Milbank in his story on the unprecedented dishonesty of the Bush campaign was the campaign’s charge that Kerry had questioned whether the war on terrorism is actually a war. Milbank said that Kerry has “not questioned the war on terrorism.” This, of course, is not exactly what the Bush campaign had accused Kerry of doing (Milbank was either being slopply or deceptive), but the import of Milbank’s claim is clear — the Bush campaign was claiming falsely that Kerry had questioned whether the struggle against terrorism is a war.
But reader Gary Comer has found a New York Times interview in which Kerry does indeed raise just that question. Speaking about the war on terrorism on March 6, 2004, Kerry said “and the war – not the war, I don’t want to use that terminology.”
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