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The Media Gets It Right!

We have been critical of the media's understanding of strategic positioning in both the political race and the war on terror. However, this article from the AP News gets it exactly right. The release of the 9/11 Commission Report created a potential opening for the Democratic nominee to attack the president. The president acted quickly to prevent those attacks. Now Kerry is left with one less avenue of easy attack. Kerry is left with saying Bush should have done more

Kerry's Strategy

Wanting so badly to beat Bush, the Democrats have made a serious strategic error in nominating Kerry after he failed to develop a viable strategic position. In his acceptance speech, instead of developing a strategy (that is, a coherent philosophy leveraging current trends and identifying key battlegrounds and leadership characteristics that unite a campaign) Kerry instead chose to make impossible campaign promises. These promises included miraculous scientific advances from curing diabetes and AIDs to developing alternative sources of energy for oil independence.

Better Late than Never

One of the strategic weaknesses of Bush's presidency has been his inability to explain the War on Terror and especially the war in Iraq to the American people. As we make clear in our new book, Strategy Against Terror (coming 9-11-04), the war on terror is as much a media war as it is a physical war. Thus far, Bush has been winning the physical war but losing the media war. However, the presidential campaign seems to have finally given him the proper incentive to finally start explaining the war in terms average Americans can understand.

Better Late than Never

One of the strategic weaknesses of Bush's presidency has been his inability to explain the War on Terror and especially the war in Iraq to the American people. As we make clear in our new book, Strategy Against Terror (coming 9-11-04), the war on terror is as much a media war as it is a physical war. Thus far, Bush has been winning the physical war but losing the media war. However, the presidential campaign seems to have finally given him the proper incentive to finally start explaining the war in terms average Americans can understand.

Kerry's Strategy

Wanting so badly to beat Bush, the Democrats have made a serious strategic error in nominating Kerry after he failed to develop a viable strategic position. In his acceptance speech, instead of developing a strategy (that is, a coherent philosophy leveraging current trends and identifying key battlegrounds and leadership characteristics that unite a campaign) Kerry instead chose to make impossible campaign promises. These promises included miraculous scientific advances from curing diabetes and AIDs to developing alternative sources of energy for oil independence.

Kerry's Strategy Revisited

Wanting so badly to beat Bush, the Democrats have made a serious strategic error in nominating Kerry after he failed to develop a viable strategic position. In his acceptance speech, instead of developing a strategy (that is, a coherent philosophy leveraging current trends and identifying key battlegrounds and leadership characteristics that unite a campaign) Kerry instead chose to make impossible campaign promises. These promises included miraculous scientific advances from curing diabetes and AIDs to developing alternative sources of energy for oil independence.

Kerry's Strategy Revisited

Wanting so badly to beat Bush, the Democrats have made a serious strategic error in nominating Kerry after he failed to develop a viable strategic position. In his acceptance speech, instead of developing a strategy (that is, a coherent philosophy leveraging current trends and identifying key battlegrounds and leadership characteristics that unite a campaign) Kerry instead chose to make impossible campaign promises. These promises included miraculous scientific advances from curing diabetes and AIDs to developing alternative sources of energy for oil independence.

Kerry's Strategy

Wanting so badly to beat Bush, the Democrats have made a serious strategic error in nominating Kerry after he failed to develop a viable strategic position. In his acceptance speech, instead of developing a strategy (that is, a coherent philosophy leveraging current trends and identifying key battlegrounds and leadership characteristics that unite a campaign) Kerry instead chose to make impossible campaign promises. These promises included miraculous scientific advances from curing diabetes and AIDs to developing alternative sources of energy for oil independence.

Slow Reactions from Republicans (Again)

As Sun Tzu says, speed is the essence of war. Can you imagine how big the story would have been if the National Security Advisor who had stolen secret documents had been Bush's instead of Clinton's? Democrats are much better at reacting to these stories. They fill the airwaves with high-ranking officials demanding action. One of the things that they would certainly demand is the public release of the documents involved. Since for national security reasons, the documents couldn't be released, it would make it seem like a cover-up.

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