I missed this bit of Labor Day Weekend intelligence:

Three of the eight announced 2008 Republican presidential campaigns are considering retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks as their pick for vice presidential candidate, according to Republican Party operatives.

Gen. Franks, commander of U.S. Central Command until he retired in 2003, orchestrated the military campaign that ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The choice of Gen. Franks as vice president would be a direct affront to antiwar Democrats, who plan to make opposition to the Bush administration's handling of the war the main plank of their campaign platforms.



Um, actually, it would be a gift to antiwar Democrats, and an "affront" to anyone who knows anything about Tommy Franks' record in Afghanistan and Iraq. Short of picking Donald Rumsfeld or Paul Bremer for the veep's slot, I can't imagine any better way to tie the next GOP nominee to the current Administration's blunders than to nominate the guy who let Osama Bin Laden get away for VP in '08.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.