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Bush: ‘war on terror’ critics are ‘disingenuous or naive.’

Today in his speech at the Heritage Foundation, President Bush attacked critics of the term “war on terror,” saying that “people who deny we are at war are either being disingenuous or naive.” He added, “We are at war — and we cannot win this war by wishing it away or pretending it does not exist.” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/11/bushgwotheritage.320.240.flv]

Yet in September, Bush’s own Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen banned the phrase “Global War on Terror” from “any future correspondence.” In 2004, Bush himself admitted:

We actually misnamed the war on terror, it ought to be the struggle against ideological extremists who do not believe in free societies who happen to use terror as a weapon to try to shake the conscience of the free world.

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