Less than half of Americans now say they think President Bush is honest, according to an AP-Ipsos poll...
The percentage of people who say they consider Bush honest has dropped slightly from the start of the year. In January, 53 percent described him that way in the AP-Ipsos poll, while 45 percent said they did not believe he was honest. Now, people are just about evenly split — 48 percent saying he's honest and 50 percent saying he's not.
"Whether you agree or disagree with him, the president has taken a pounding on perceptions of his honesty," said Karlyn Bowman, a public opinion analyst at the American Enterprise Institute. She cited as one example the administration's claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, but none have been found.
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Pentagon plans response for homeland attacks
The U.S. military has developed war plans to counter terrorist attacks in the United States in shift from the Pentagon's reluctance to engage in domestic operations, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The documents lay out plans for handling 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipate simultaneous strikes in different parts of the country, the newspaper said, citing officers who drafted the plans. Quick-reaction forces of as many as 3,000 ground troops per attack would be deployed initially to respond and their numbers could grow, depending on the extent of the damage, the newspaper said. The Post said the possible scenarios envisioned range from low end, such as crowd control, to high end, disaster management after catastrophic attacks. The war plans represent a historic shift for the Pentagon, which is restricted by law from using troops in domestic law enforcement, according to the Post.
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