They could have gone three ways. Attack Baird for going against the majority of Americans who want a pullout, attack him for being too sanguine about the deadlock in the Iraqi government, or attack him with anecdotal evidence that the Iraqis want us out right now which can be easily contradicted by various vets and embeds whose experience is quite different. Naturally, they went with the weakest of the three.

Presumably Jon Soltz is shocked and angered by the use of a photo of this guy in uniform for such a political purpose.