"There's an enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again," Bush said. "So you bet we will aggressively pursue them but we will do so under the law."
He declared, "We do not torture."
[ cf Yahoo News ]
So is the "war Lord^H^H^H^HPresident abandoning his 'war lord^H^H^H^HpresidentNeff in an effort to put the WhatEverOnWhomEver back on a solid legal footing, rather than current fiasco of having been the Dupe of the UN that forced him into attacking Iraq by mistake?
"Our country is at war and our government has the obligation to protect the American people," Bush said. "Any activity we conduct is within the law. We do not torture."
[ op cit ]
At which point when he says that we are 'at war' does that mean that the nation is at war, or that like the war on literacy, this is one more of those unfunded federal mandates about not leaving any child behind?
And The Money Shot:
On another issue, Bush ducked a question about the CIA leak investigation, declining to say whether he has lived up to his campaign pledge in 2000 to abide by the spirit of federal ethics laws.
"We take this investigation very seriously and we'll continue to cooperate during the investigation," he said.
[ op cit ]
So how exactly does the president want us to take this set of speach utterance behaviors any more seriously than when he was telling us he would fire any member of his administration who was involved in Burning a CIA Asset....
There seems to be some problem with the speach utterance behaviors not working and playing well together.