The Kerry campaign is in danger of letting a picture-perfect point of attack pass in Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni.

A former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and a onetime Bush supporter, Zinni casts doubt on our actions in Iraq.

In an impassioned speech to several hundred Marine and Navy officers and others, Zinni invoked the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War in the 1960s and '70s. "My contemporaries, our feelings and sensitivities were forged on the battlefields of Vietnam, where we heard the garbage and the lies, and we saw the sacrifice," said Zinni, who was severely wounded while serving as an infantry officer in that conflict. "I ask you, is it happening again?"

While Bush asks the question, "Is our children learning?" we wonder the same about the commander-in-thief.


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