Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 by CommonDreams.org
The Republican Plan For 2008 Begins Today
by Thom Hartmann
It’s difficult to watch Democrats play checkers while Republicans
play chess with Iraq. It’s particularly difficult on Memorial Day as more
Americans and Iraqis die. But the Republican Party has been playing politics
with Iraq since the day after the Supreme Court installed George W. Bush in
office in 2001, and they have no intention of stopping now. They may have
borrowed some techniques from Richard Nixon, but they have no intention of
repeating his mistakes.
The political calculus being pursued by Karl Rove and the
Republican Party with regard to Iraq and the 2008 elections is a simple
1. Shift “ownership” of the downside of the “war” and occupation of
Iraq to the Democrats.
2. Begin to wind down American involvement in the occupation of
Iraq no later than mid-2008.
3. “Claim victory and get out” of direct combat in Iraq by the
early fall of 2008.
4. Win big in the 2008 elections by having “won” a
Step one was accomplished last week...
Read Thom's complete remarks here.