Faced with widespread disappoval of its Iraq policy, the Bush administration launched a coordinated effort this week to convince Americans it has never had a stay-the-course strategy in Iraq. On Sunday, President Bush said, "We've never been stay the course." White House Counselor Dan Bartlett disavowed the label again yesterday.
But in a radio interview today with Sean Hannity, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld confirmed that the Bush administration isn't planning to shift its strategy. Rumsfeld called media reports about Bush's reversal "nonsense," and said "of course" Bush is "not backing away from staying the course."