August 22nd, 2007
10:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Advocates for the Iraq war seek congressional support

Fleischer's advocacy group is pressuring Congress to support the Iraq war.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new political advocacy group, tied to former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, is launching a new effort to pressure Congress to support the Iraq war.

The organization, Freedom's Watch, also unveiled new pro-war internet ads on its website and and will spend $15 million to air these commercials between now and mid-September on both television and radio.

The group's purpose is "to rally the country and encourage Congress to fully fund the troops in Iraq," Fleischer, a former spokesman for President Bush, said in an email Wednesday to CNN. Fleischer is the group's spokesman.

Freedom's Watch's web site also encourages grassroots action, calling on supporters to lobby their members of Congress to support the war in Iraq and "to protect America against the global war on terror."

- CNN's Adam Levine

Filed under: Iraq
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  1. C, Sacramento, CA.

    To David, Salinas, Ca.,

    RIGHT ON!!! I couldn't agree with you more.

    I hope that the rest of these bloggers read your post and stop this Dem vs Rep crap.

    August 22, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Jeff, Schaumburg, IL

    There is little doubt Freedom Watch is funded by those corporations and individuals who are profiting most from this war.
    As an American, I am embarassed that so many of my countrymen fall for such ridiculous lines as 'They're jealous of our freedom' (there are many, many nations with much higher degrees of freedom than we have), or 'Fight them there or fight them here' (it is a well-known fact that terrorist recruitment has increased drastically during our incursions into these nations).
    The final and most ridiculous ignoring of blatant facts I will mention is that 'Liberals love to spend other people's money'. Take a quick look at the government since 1980. The so-called Conservatives have done, by far, the most 'spending of other people's money'.

    August 22, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    White House spokesmen are not really relevant. People who used to be White House spokesmen, like the Fleisch-man, are even less relevant. This is a non-event.

    Must be a real sloooww news day. I would expect to see this type of story on the Fox News website ... if I were ever to access it.

    August 22, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Stone, New York, NY

    Ari Fleischer spoke the foulest untruths and half-truths for the president, and now he heads a private organization to air more deceitful verbiage to prop up his already-discredited speech. The problem with deceit is a) it deceives many, and b) it demands others to debunk it. He was an embarassment to watch before, but at least you could attribute that to job-loyalty. In support of bad policies, made on the basis of lies told in view of the whole world, Mr. Fleischer did the almost impossible: he gave that administration an even worse reputation for meanness and refusal to communicate than Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney had. When a spokesperson is so blatant and calous about refusing true communication, it really speaks to an evil will. Ari Fleischer sent my skin crawling to listen to him and observe his body language. His perverse abuse of his own intelligence was especially chilling, and recalled the administration's disrespect for education. For my money, Mr. Fleischer was Mr. Bush's Joseph Goebbels. He is an unapologetic propaganda minister, even if flawed. The irony is so thick, that since WWII, our country and Germany have switched sides. That an educated Jewish man can link himself with the world's bully, and its chief war-maker is both fascinating and very troubling.

    August 22, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. LoserLarry

    There is little doubt Freedom Watch is funded by those corporations and individuals who are profiting most from this war.
    - Posted By Jeff, Schaumburg, IL

    You mean our Congressman that own stock in Haliburton and Exxon... 😉

    August 22, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Chip Celina OH

    RE: Ted from Long Beach

    it is not the governments job to bail people out when they make poor financial decisions

    I couldn't agree more! I was just trying to put a bit of perspective on that kind of money and the fact that it will have zero impact.

    I don't think a politically charged ad campaign will make people, and especially this Congress, 'grow a spine' as you say.

    Have a good day,


    August 22, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Bob, San Francisco, CA


    Can you please enlighten us on how "freedom" in Iraq would be bad for Democrats.
    If you could ponder the bigger picture for a moment, you'll realize that there will be no "freedom" for Iraq. We're now funding insurgent groups to help fight off Al Quida terrorists that they (mostly) hate as well. You know, the group that only exists because of our illegal invasion of the country.
    Freedom and democracy and all those great ideas would be beautiful, wouldn't it? Too bad it's not the reality in that part of the world. Too bad it's not the reason we went to war there. Do you get worked up about all the other totalitarian countries out in the world? Should we start invading EVERYONE?
    Stop with the polarizing and moronic comments and join the political discourse with more substance.

    August 22, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Yvan,Indio,CA

    The Republicans are trying to sale us their version of the true in Irak. Well this is not the first time. The Grand Master Deceiver ie: Karl Rove is trying again to sale us the London Bridge. History will show these incompetent peoples were behind a six years of policy failures. Cannot blame them for trying again. They will never give up. They are obsess by they failures ,and want to leave a legacy of lies behind them. Their obessesions are close to dillusion and paranoia. History will be written as it happened, A huge failure for the Republican Party and its Grand Master of Ceremony as Karl Rove.LOL

    August 22, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Tim, Wooster, OH

    To David in Salinas
    I was commenting not lecturing, and didn’t give any figures. My first point was in regards to the post suggesting the “progressive” spending ideas from Chip in Ohio. I don’t see how anyone can disagree with the fact that Democrats want the government to attempt to fix society’s problems by spending tax dollars.

    To C in Sacremento,
    Try reading your own post. You “hope that the rest of these bloggers read your post and stop this Dem vs Rep crap.” But you “couldn't agree with (Dave in Salinas) more”, even though his post is filled with Dem vs. Rep items.

    As for people throwing money around to change opinions, how much did spend during the last election?
    Also, only a liberal would think George Bush is conservative. Try watching Fox News Sunday to see what a couple real conservatives think of our President’s spending habits.

    But to reiterate my main point, we need to fight the terrorists in their backyard, not ours.

    For everyone else, what is your reason for not supporting the war in Iraq? Is it the cost, the loss of our soldier’s lives, or just an aversion to military conflict?

    August 22, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. LandoftheFree

    Freedom and democracy and all those great ideas would be beautiful, wouldn't it? Too bad it's not the reality in that part of the world.
    –Bob, San Francisco

    Isn't that exactly what the English said about the colonies? Silly Bob...

    August 22, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Bob, Northbrook, IL

    The country has finally wised up to the fact that this is an illegal war waged through lies and deception. No amount of money can change the facts, nor America's opinion of the war and the incompetency of the worst presidential administration in history. Ari – give it up and use the money for a good cause, like funding universal healthcare! Oh, and to RightyTighty, Congratulations is spelled with a "t" not a "d"...way to show that intelligence!

    August 22, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Jim Musgrave, San Diego, CA

    Please use that money to support our infrastructure (i.e., bridges and levees), give our people health care, and save the education system. I no longer buy into the war for oil.

    August 22, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Anna, Woodbridge, VA

    Considering the collective will this Congress has shown went confronting the White House on any issue, their support can probably be had for $1.99. Maybe they should use the remaining $14999998.01 to purchase backbones.

    August 22, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. C, Sacramento, CA

    To Tim Wooster, OH

    Please define what "war" is and then explain to me what Iraq would look like when the mission is accomplished and we are victorious...a simple request.

    Because if I recall, Bin Laden is not Iraqi and is still on the loose and there are no wmd.

    Why are you focused on whether or not we support the war in Iraq? Does it matter? You and I don't call the shots.

    August 22, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    No amount of money funding the military in this war will win it. It can only be won politically. If there is no working government to govern this god-forsaken country what is the point of trying to win it. Win what? And isn't "to protect America against the global war on terror." abit of a oxymoron. Iraq, until we invaded it, was never a part of the war on terror.

    Where do you suppose that $15 million come from? I'll bet it came from all those companies that are benefiting, financally from war?

    What about all those comments Cheney made, during the first Iraq war, that fully invading Iraq and deposing Saddam would leave a power vaccum and cause all these different factions to fight each other (this was in answer to questions about why they did not take out Saddam then)? What changed that made it okay to invade in 2003?
    Why is it that the republicans want to throw our military might around?

    August 22, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Bob you wrote,

    "The country has finally wised up to the fact that this is an illegal war waged through lies and deception. "

    – – – – –

    Bob, you're obviously quite intelligent (since you know how to spell congratulations). Help us poor illiterate people... HOW is this war ILLEGAL? What law did we violate?

    Last time I checked there were 11 UN Resolutions demanding Saddam comply or face consequences. I seem to remember Saddam playing games with the UN inspectors.

    But SURELY you have it all laid out – and can tell us WHAT law was violated to make this war illegal.


    August 22, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    The Real Reason for Iraq.

    The neocons wanted to control the oil in Iraq, no doubt. But did you know that they DO NOT want the oil. They don't want anyone to have it. Then the prices would drop and their corporate masters would lose billions and billions. The Saudis wrote the plan to go into Iraq, because of the oil gets out, they'll lose OPEC and we'd get cheap oil.

    Read Greg Palast's book, "Armed Madhouse." Get it at the library or Borders. He meticulously documents the entire plan for Iraq and why its such a mess.

    The neo cons and The State department can't even agree on a strategy how to approach the oil, but the bottom line is until the Iraqis sign the oil law, giving away 80 percent of their oil and keeping it off the market, we will never leave Iraq.

    August 22, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Egan, Dallas, TX

    Mission Accomplished; May 1, 2003. Why hasn't anyone told this guy?

    August 22, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Steve

    Since when has the war been not "fully funded"? All that money wasted to urge Congress to do what they are already doing?

    Joseph Goebbels said "A lie told loud enough and long enough becomes the truth."

    EXCEPT for the case of the war in Iraq. The American people are too smart to fall for this kind of obvious propaganda. Everyone and their grandmothers know what a disaster Bush has led this country into.

    August 22, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. David, Salinas, CA

    Tim of Wooster, OH writes:
    “...Democrats want the government to attempt to fix society’s problems by spending tax dollars.”

    Right, Tim. That’s kind of the point. As opposed to the Republicans, who spend the tax dollars without attempting to fix society’s problems.

    August 22, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Jim, San Diego, CA

    Obvious you would censor the comment about a Jew reporting on a Jew. The right wing news media – CNN a subsidiary of FOX

    August 22, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Jeeeez Ari – what little respect you have for the American public.

    You are a political mercenary who doesn't even need to drink the Kool-Aid!

    Face it – you [.....] paid to mislead the Media – your job desciption was to NOT know the facts to make it easier easier to say what you instructed to say. Sir, you have no credibility!!!!

    August 22, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Like the personal companies of Bush & Cheny, Fleischer makes money out of the Iraq war, while people are dying there everyday!

    What a shame!

    August 23, 2007 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  24. Tim, Wooster, OH

    To David in Salinas,

    Yes, that IS the point. Most Republicans don’t think that it is the government’s purpose to fix people’s problems, so tax money shouldn’t be spent on it. Handing out money to the homeless doesn’t fix their problem. Shame on me for going off topic, but I couldn’t resist when people are asking other people to buy them houses.

    To C in Sacramento,

    First, I didn’t coin the phrase War in Iraq, so don’t try to bait me into a discussion over what “war” means. Second, what would Iraq look like after a tyrant is replaced by a democratic government? Like a democracy. The “surge” is working, and given continued support, we will be victorious. Victory in Iraq will bring us one step closer to the end of global-terrorism.

    As for WMDs, they were made by Saddam, and used by Saddam on his own people, and he still had the know-how and equipment to make more. The world consensus was he still had stock-piles. Can you say for certain that a large stock-pile is not hidden out in the desert? The mobile labs, mentioned in the pre-war intelligence, were indeed found after the invasion. Small stockpiles of artillery shells tipped with WMDs were also found. So yes C, there were WMDs.

    As for Bin Laden; no he wasn’t in Iraq, but so what?

    Lastly, my comments are focused on the war in Iraq because that is what the article is about, so I’m trying to stay on topic. I put it to you C, what is your objection to the war?

    August 23, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. David, Salinas, CA

    To Tim of Wooster, OH –

    Thanks for your hilarious posts. You make my points better than I do.

    If you trim it down a little, “Republicans don’t think that it is the government’s purpose to fix people’s problems”, an would make an excellent bumper sticker.

    August 23, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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