I'm not sure what's happening in the Bush camp, but the line seems to be changing:
Bush on the Today Show, 8/30/04:
When asked ''Can we win?'' the war on terror, Bush said, ''I don't think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the - those who use terror as a tool are - less acceptable in parts of the world.''
Bush to Time Magazine, published 8/30/04:
Had we had to do it over again, we would look at the consequences of catastrophic success.
Bush to New York Times; 8/27/04
Well, it's a — it's a miscalculation of the — what the conditions would be like after a swift victory, because we never dreamt it would be that swift.
Bush can come off script pretty often, but not in planned interviews. So why the changes? Some could say he's flip-flopped. Or we could say he's finally telling the truth.
UPDATE: Daily Kos takes this on as well.