Sunday, October 10, 2004

Dear Leader

There are plenty of reasons why John F. Kerry is a better man than George W. Bush. And, there are plenty of reasons why George W. Bush is unfit to be president and commander in chief. But, frankly, there is only one which trumps all the rest -- George W. Bush believes his re-election is more important than the lives of our soldiers and the situation in Iraq.

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration will delay major assaults on rebel-held cities in Iraq until after U.S. elections in November, say administration officials, mindful that large-scale military offensives could affect the U.S. presidential race.

Although American commanders in Iraq have been buoyed by recent successes in insurgent-held towns such as Samarra and Tall Afar, administration and Pentagon officials say they will not try to retake cities such as Fallujah and Ramadi -- where insurgents' grip is strongest and U.S. military casualties could be the greatest -- until after Americans vote in what is likely to be a close election.

"When this election's over, you'll see us move very vigorously," said one senior administration official involved in strategic planning, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Once you're past the election, it changes the political ramifications" of a large-scale offensive, the official said. "We're not on hold right now. We're just not as aggressive."

(via Will Bunch)