. . . Wednesday August 18, 2004


John Kerry has criticized the Bush plan for a troop redeployment for being the wrong move at the wrong time.

“Why are we withdrawing troops from Korea at a time when we are negotiating with North Korea — a country that really has nuclear weapons?”

It makes sense for Kerry to criticize a plan if he sees problems with it. And it makes sense for Kerry, in doing so, to remind the public that he has served and therefore has a deep understanding of military issues.

But I am concerned about the constant flow of counterpunching. I know part of this is just the nature of running against a bully-pulpited incumbent. But I’d like to see Kerry on the front page pitching a plan on a topic that no one in the Bush campaign wants to deal with. In other words, I’d like to see team Kerry not only win the debate, but frame it.

Concentration is important!