"The complications of Iraq"

What are 4,002 dead coalition soldiers when there's a reputation to save?

Published August 17, 2007 1:08PM (EDT)

The next time a Republican starts trashing a Democrat for disrespecting the troops, let's remember how former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson trivialized the deaths of 4,002 coalition soldiers and an untold number of Iraqis on the way to eulogizing Karl Rove today: "The complications of Iraq," Gerson writes, "have obscured Rove's victories, not undone them."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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