Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) Mr. President, McConnell is quoted as saying, your unpopularity is going to cost us control of the Congress. Bush said he responded to McConnell: Well, Mitch, what do you want me to do about it? McConnell, the president wrote, answered: Mr. President, bring some troops home from Iraq. Bush said this was his answer: Mitch, I believe our presence in Iraq is necessary to protect America, and I will not withdraw troops unless military conditions warrant. If the story is true, Sen. McConnell will have to explain to the families of all the men and women who sacrificed in Iraq why he was willing to play politics with their lives, Mitch McConnell Suggested Using Troops As Political Pawns Before the 2006 midterm elections in which Republicans ultimately took a clobbering, Sen. Mitch McConnell asked President Bush in a private Oval Office meeting to pull some troops out of Iraq in order to boost the GOP's chances, Bush reports in his new memoir. And in the same month -- September 2006 -- that McConnell made his private request, he publicly blasted Democrats for calling for a reduction of troops in Iraq, saying that their position endangered Americans. The Washington Monthly ------------------------------------- Is Mitch's position defensible?