From “Bush Stresses Commander-in-Chief Role“, the Washington Post, September 13, 2004:
Administration officials disclosed plans yesterday that show the many ways Bush will try to emphasize his role as commander in chief. He will interrupt his swing-state travel in just over a week to go before cameras at the United Nations with the interim president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. Two days later, Bush will welcome Iraq’s interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, to the Rose Garden.
The Bush-Cheney campaign’s focus on safety and security pervaded the Republican National Convention, where prime-time speakers repeatedly portrayed Bush as a steady and steely commander in the war on terrorism, with little attention to domestic issues.
From “Key General Criticizes April Attack In Fallujah; Abrupt Withdrawal Called Vacillation“, also in today’s edition of the Washington Post, September 13, 2004:
The outgoing U.S. Marine Corps general in charge of western Iraq said Sunday he opposed a Marine assault on militants in the volatile city of Fallujah in April and the subsequent decision to withdraw from the city and turn over control to a security force of former Iraqi soldiers.
The comments by Lt. Gen. James T. Conway, made shortly after he relinquished command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force on Sunday, amounted to a stinging broadside against top U.S. military and civilian leaders who ordered the Fallujah invasion and withdrawal. His statements also provided the most detailed explanation — and justification — of Marine actions in Fallujah this spring, which have been widely criticized for increasing insurgent activity in the city and turning it into a “no-go” zone for U.S. troops.