Washington Post: Democrats are starting to question the timing of the Iraq campaign.
Karl Rove, Bush’s top political adviser, has been photographed with the president in meetings about Iraq and has been put forward to speak publicly about the timing of the Iraq rollout. was Rove who argued earlier this year that the war on terrorism should be part of Republicans’ campaigns this year. Last week, White House political aides encouraged GOP candidates to emphasize national security. Also, Andrew H. Card Jr., Bush’s chief of staff, said last week that the White House held back on promoting the Iraq policy in the summer because, “from a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.”
And Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (Va.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, made an Iraq vote explicitly political, saying, “People are going to want to know, before the elections, where their representatives stand.”
As I have said before – we learned from VietNam how important it is to have the country united behind major military operations. Sensible leadership would do everything they could to AVOID the divisiveness of having the war debate occur during campaign season. This was planned to occur DURING campaign season.
He is a divider,not a uniter. He is using the lives of tens of thousands of our military forces and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis as his “wedge issue” to divide us before this election.