Kerryism of the Day
The senator's caveats and curlicues.
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So I think it is a war on terror, in a sense, but it's got to be framed differently. It's not just a military operation. In fact, I think it's far more of an intelligence-gathering, law-enforcement, economic—I mean, you know, the war part of it ought to be the last resort, or first resort when your intelligence shows you that there's a cell somewhere that's planning X, Y, or Z, you know it, and you can go in and take them out.
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Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.
Photograph of John Kerry by Marc Serota/Reuters.