Bush Addresses the Moveon Ad

by Ryan on September 20, 2007

in Election 2008,Politics

President Bush commented on politics for a change during a news conference today when he said of the Moveon.org “General Betray-Us” ad:

“I felt like the ad was an attack not only on Gen. Petraeus but on the U.S. military, and I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat party spoke out strongly against that ad…. [and that] most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org, or more afraid of irritating them, than they are of irritating the United States military.”

In response today the Senate voted 72-25 in favor of condemning the ad in a resolution sponsored by Republican John Cornyn of Texas, who said: 

“For MoveOn.org and their left-wing allies to brand General Petraeus a traitor and a liar crossed a historic line of decency. It was a despicable political attack by a radical left-wing interest group.”

Moveon is the gift that keeps on giving for Republicans.  It shows how the left-wing fringe really feels, which embarrasses many mainstream Democrats who have already criticized the ad.  But what are the Dems to do about all this?  Most of them voted for the condemnation, but Moveon is an enormously wealthy and powerful liberal interest group.  The Dems can’t knock them or disagree with Moveon’s big-picture for fear of facing a Ned Lamont-style fight in the primaries.  If the Republicans play their cards right and stigmatize Moveon in the popular culture, they can cause further strain and rifts to appear within the Democrat Party.  Barack O’Bama coincidentally missed the vote along with fellow Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Predictably She Who Must Not Be Named voted against the condemnation along with Chris Dodd.  Again, the Republicans can continue to criticize the Dems and keep the story in the news another few days, maybe stretching it into yet another Sunday talk cycle.

Pic by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

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companyone September 21, 2007 at 5:19 am


This General is an honorable man who has dedicated his life to OUR country and has the Bronze Star Medal for Valor


Gen. David H. Petraeus
Commanding General ~~ Multi-National Force – Iraq

General David H. Petraeus assumed command of the Multi-National Force-Iraq on February 10th, 2007, following his assignment as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Prior to assuming command at Ft. Leavenworth, he was the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, which he led from June 2004 to September 2005, and the NATO Training Mission- Iraq, which he commanded from October 2004 to September 2005.

That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the “Screaming Eagles” in combat throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps.

General Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander – Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the US Military Academy. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

Awards and decorations earned by General Petraeus include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm.

He is a Master Parachutist and is Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings.

In 2005 he was recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s 25 Best Leaders.

LIAR…I do not think so.

General David Betray Us


Matt September 21, 2007 at 6:12 am

According to the roll call vote record:

Statement of Purpose: To express the sense of the Senate that General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, deserves the full support of the Senate and strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces.

How could any American who loves this country vote against that sentiment? If I were running for President or for the Senate against any one of those 25 Dems, I would run ads highlighting this vote every day. Am I questioning their patriotism? Absolutely!


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