I may catch hell for this, but here goes. I agree with the statement that the war on terror can never be "won." Winning the war on terror is like stopping every crime in the US...it ain't going to happen. The only thing we can do is eliminate or hinder those states who support terrorism. This will suppress acts of terror but never rid ourselves of it. History has shown that there will ALWAYS be acts of terror.
Speaking of history, Iraq reminds me of the Philippines during the Spanish American War. The Marines went into the Philippines in 1899 and kicked butt. President McKinley declared major operations in the Philippians were over. Yet a MUSLIM insurgency occurred that took the lives 4,234 americans and wounded 2,818 more. The democrats tried to use the anti war approach to win the presidency in 1900. The republicans were able to label the democrats as unpatriotic and they won. The insurgency lasted until 1904 with small acts of violence lasting until 1913. The people of the Philippines had figured out that life under the Americans wasn't so bad. History has a way of repeating itself and has proved right so far. Watch out in November.
Bush is a politician. If he were to go out and directly say to an address to the public that the war on terror cannot really be won, this is what would happen. You'd have a bunch of non educated fools yelling that the war on terror cannot be won, the press would eat it up and Bush would lose the election.
So I guess Bush is saying that to appease the people. He must have learned from Kerry, because Kerry has 30 years of experience when it comes to saying anything to make the people happy.
EDIT NOTE: I suck at spelling!!!! Admin edit: Then try the spellchecker..