During President Bush's news conference on March 21, when asked about former supporters who now oppose him and the war, Bush said he's trying to win them over by "talking realistically to people" about the war and its importance to the nation.

This sounds like a sincere and forthcoming action on his part. Unfortunately, this administration does this type of "catch-up damage repair" activity one-on-one, behind closed doors. The president and his advisors need to tell the rest of us American citizens exactly why we are at war; in plain unambiguous language. I believe that the failure of the Bush administration to fully and truthfully explain its actions on all levels has severely undermined the security of this nation and the very principles upon which our nation was founded.

Fred R. Temple


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