Friday, October 15, 2004

More like it

I always thought the conspiracy theory that the Bush administration was waiting to launch offensives on holdout towns like Falluja until after the election made no sense. Why would it be politically preferable for Bush (and the military) to be completely on the defensive in Iraq, losing a few men every day or so without being able to point to any progress? If I were making such decisions based on domestic politics I'd launch major offensives right up through election day. Even if they're militarily risky and may involve more short-term casualties, Americans are more than willing to support a president who seems to be fighting a war rather than policing someone else's country.
Looks like I was right.