Smoke billowed from the vicinity of the U.S.-controlled Green Zone after at least two explosions were heard today in Baghdad, and five more American soldiers were killed by roadside bombs. Every day in Baghdad, and on a wall in Washington, we see the costs of a policy of just keeping U.S. military personnel in combat while the Administration demands the troops stay and hopes another idea might come up for a photo opportunity if not a plan for bringing them home safely. But Robin Lundstrum, Chair of the Washington County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Dinner, says that Karl Rove still will be their speaker at the $100-a-Plate Washington County Lincoln Day Dinner tonight, billed as the largest regular fundraising event for the Republican Party of Arkansas. For $200, you can get your picture took with Rove.
Washington County Democratic Chairman David Whitaker is not impressed. "I can think of no worse choice. The public information for this event states: 'This will be a very special night as we salute our local troops.' And 'To help us honor our troops, Karl Rove will be our special guest speaker.' While I applaud the committee for its choice to honor our men and women in uniform, I am saddened by their choice of speaker. As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Rove has repeatedly attempted to usurp this document."
Four years ago this month, George Bush pulled his Rove-designed publicity stunt and declared "Mission Accomplished." Since then, 3,256 more American troops have died in Iraq, and 25,245 have been wounded. Just what is that mission? Maybe Karl Rove will let us know.