It’s probably not a surprise to hear this, but it appears that what the Democrats said publicly, and what they really feel, about Zarqawi may not be one and the same. Some of then (and I’m shocked by this… really… I am… seriously…) have alleged that the killing was a stunt to divert attention from the war.
“This is just to cover Bush’s [rear] so he doesn’t have to answer” for Iraqi civilians being killed by the U.S. military and his own sagging poll numbers, said Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat. “Iraq is still a mess — get out.”
Misplaced modifier aside (I honestly don’t think Bush’s poll numbers have killed any Iraqi civilians, though they’re close to lethal for the GOP), how does blowing something up, and killing lots of people draw attention away from the war? It would seem that blowing up houses and killing people would draw more attention to the war. So if you’re trying to get people’s minds off of it – as a political strategy – that’s probably not the best move.