great moments in preparedness
Federal authorities may not be prepared to defend the nation's capital against crackpots on slow-moving farm vehicles, but we can at least take comfort in the fact that on the eve of war, the Administration's propaganda machine is finely tuned and ready to go.
Just as in a political campaign, the Bush administration wants its version of each day's events to be first and foremost, as it seeks to press preferred story lines.
...The close attention to its war message mirrors the discipline the Bush team brought to his election campaign and to the passage of his domestic political agenda, especially the securing of a $1.35 trillion tax cut from Congress. Such a comprehensive communications strategy for a war, however, is unprecedented in the modern White House.
Once the war starts, the administration plans to fill every information void in the 24-hour worldwide news cycle, leaving little to chance or interpretation.