Editor's note: I've copied this post from our sister blog First Read.
Apparently it's all hands on deck for the political battle over what course the United States should take in Iraq. Just this week, leading Republican voices have included President Bush, Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice, House Republican leaders, and Vice President Cheney, who'll hit the talk-radio circuit this afternoon. Now add in the Pentagon itself. Its Legislative Affairs Office has e-mailed around a 70-page "Iraq Floor Debate Prep Book."
Recipients of the book were primarily Hill Republicans, along with a handful of Democratic Hill staffers who appear to have been included on the list by mistake, at least based on the book's "Section 4." Titled "Rapid Response," the section was written to refute charges against the Administration launched almost exclusively by Democrats, such as: "The President misled America into war;" "Troops are dying needlessly and don't believe in the cause;" and, "The President has no plan for victory." Another clue that Democrats received the book in error: One Democratic staffer relayed a follow-up e-mail sent from the Pentagon recalling the message. It reads, "The sender would like to recall the message, 'Prep Book.'"