Joe Conason has been poking around in Bush’s book, “A Charge to Keep.” He found this passage,
“I also learned the lesson of Vietnam. Our nation should be slow to engage troops. But when we do so, we must do so with ferocity. We must never go into a conflict unless we go in committed to win. We can never again ask the military to fight a political war. If America’s strategic interests are at stake, if diplomacy fails, if no other option will accomplish the objective, the Commander in Chief must define the mission and allow the military to achieve it.”
Joe writes, “I know he didn’t really write his book — politicians rarely do — but did he read it?”
To repeat, Bush (or someone) wrote, “We can never again ask the military to fight a political war.” So why bring it up NOW, just before the election?