September 10th, 2007
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Dems join GOP in slamming ad attacking Petraeus slammed Petraeus in a full page New York Times ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A liberal advocacy group's print ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus drew a firestorm of criticism from both sides of the aisle on Monday.

The ad, running in Monday's edition of the New York Times, shows a picture of Petraeus. Bold letters spell out "General Petraeus or General Betray us?" Political Action, which paid for the ad, accuses Petraeus of "cooking the books for the White House" on progress being made in Iraq and calls him "a military man constantly at war with the facts."

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  1. Dan, TX

    Shameful. wants viseral anger to replace reasoned discourse. joins the swiftboat idiots in trying their best to destroy civil politics. If we don't start electing centrists and independents, we will be a second rate country very quickly.

    September 10, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Cary - Lowell, IN

    Aren't the same people who subscribe to also the ones who say "support our troops" out of the corner of their mouths, hoping that phrase will somehow make them look like an American?

    September 10, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. spinstopper

    Character assassination of an American war hero is their goal., CNN and the Democratic National Party are three peas in a pod.

    September 10, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Chip Celina OH

    Is Sen. Reid upset because he didn't think of that line first? As the article says, "Democrats are prepared to focus on 'Petraeus executing a mismanaged mission.'"

    So, before seeing or hearing anything, the method of dismantling the 'report' is already on the table.

    All of these Senate hearings and inquiryies are nothing more than grandstandingto argue and pander to groups. If the report is contrary to what the Senator wants to hear, it'll be a lie, or the new hot phrase I'm seeing now is 'cookked the books'.

    If it agrees with Reid's position it will be an amazing tome of objective observation.

    Of course, Sen Reid "supports the troops", but isn't the General a "troop"?

    September 10, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Mrs. Smith, Seattle, WA

    In the first place Tony Snow is NO LONGER A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. He is a "former" spokesman.

    Secondly, if he thinks this is boorish, childish (behavior) and Mitch McConnell resents people in air conditioned offices (impugning decent patriots); they are both hypocrites. They both have practiced this type of politics for decades now. The grass roots Democrats have finally had enough of it and enough of our "so called leadership" refusing to represent US. The simple truth is that MoveOn is speaking for US. The voters. The people these blind frightened Democrats in office refuse to listen to or obey.



    The excuse that Congress can't use the power of the purse is just that: AN EXCUSE that a bunch of LIARS in office are using to continue this war.

    Shame on all of you for the almost 4000 dead soldiers and 30,000 maimed soldiers. Shame on all of you for your lack of decency and your lack of honor.

    September 10, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. ToddonCapeCod

    He's only mad because he didn't think of it himself

    September 10, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Cary- Lowell, IN

    but the ad shows the true face of the Democratic organization, Harry – un-American, degredating to our freedom and against the United States mililtary.

    September 10, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. J Houston, TX

    Another pathetic left-wing move. Anti-war left is no better than the warmongering right

    September 10, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Daniel SLC UT

    Thank you
    Maybe we should work to get rid of Reid.
    End this war NOW!!!

    September 10, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Ed

    Typical. They approved him 100% and now that he may (MAY) go against their political agenda they put this out. There isn't a single member of the left that doesn't cower in fear from the actions of and KOS. Any one of them that say they are against this sort of propaganda are flat out liars. You can download the ad from my blog.

    September 10, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Tom Anderson, Sacramento, CA

    Harry Reid's response just demonstrates why the Democrats are getting lower numbers in the polls than even Bush. The Democrats were elected to get out of Iraq, not prolong the quagmire.

    September 10, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Mat, Coppell, TX

    I love how the White House and Congress use our soft spot for our Armed Forces against us. So what if Petraeus is a four star General, that doesnt mean he is anything less then a "yes-man" to Bush and the Neo-Cons. Of course this report is hype checked and brushed by the white house. Do you honestly think Bush would appoint Petraeus to his current position if he was going to tell the truth?

    Also, and this is the most important thing. A soldier can only follow the orders he is givin and Petraeus takes his orders from his commander in chief.

    hiding behind the "these are our brave soldiers and hes a four star general so what he says is gospel" is hogwash and we americans are smarter then these hawks in OUR govt give us credit for.


    bonus reading Where our new Bin Laden tape came from.

    September 10, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Andrew, Oakland, CA

    Why are we beating a guy up for losing an impossible mission. Like it was his choice to take this job...

    September 10, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Deb, Meriden KS

    Maybe it was a stupid move on the part of, but let's face it: what do we have to do to get the current nutty Administration to realize that the Nation is sick of how this stupid, senseless war is being mismanaged? Democrat leaders and Congress can spend all the time they want in distancing themselves from MoveOn's extreme tactic, but just remember that a lot of us sympathize with the org's frustration.

    This was began on a foundation of lies (Iraq bombed the Twin Towers, Bush/Cheney, and others claimed). Why would we think this Administration would know how to end a war that is padding its friends' pockets??

    September 10, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    There you have it, folks. Voting Democrat or Republican in the upcoming elections will bring us more of the same. These guys aren't in it to serve us, they are in it for MONEY and POWER. They don't CARE what you think.

    Fortunately, there is one patriot fighting for our rights, and he is Dr. Ron Paul. He voted against the Iraq war from the beginning. He voted against the Patriot act. He is the only politician literally working to preserve our liberties.

    September 10, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Scott, Lockhart, TX

    At least this administration had the guts to do something. If any of the former Democratic candidates had been in office when 9/11 happened, nothing would have been done and we would have attacks taking place on American soil.

    Not everyone in this country agrees that the war is wrong. I'm tired of a few people speaking for the rest of us. I support the President, the Congress and most of all, the men and women on the frontlines defending this country and trying to bring freedom to others.

    All it takes for evil to win out is for good people to do nothing.

    September 10, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Ron, TX

    General Betray Us? That's a pretty clever pun in my opinion. No reason to censor freedom of political speech- it was a paid advertisement. Everyone already as an opinion of the Iraq war- long before the ad- It stinks.

    September 10, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. James, Phoenix AZ

    Hey Deb,

    You might want to "check your facts". Bush never said Iraq or Saddam bombed the Twin Towers.

    I'm glad Moveon.Org placed this ad. The American people can now associate the antics of this fringe leftist group with the candidates Moveon.Org supports: Democrats.

    September 10, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Maynard Hirsch Niles, IL

    Did you notice that he did not deny what the ad said, only that it wasn't the right message to send. Obviously, he means that the Democrats have descided no to believe the Petraeus report, even before it was released, but didn't want it known.

    September 10, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. spinstopper

    Better watch out Harry, they can bring you down easy peasy.

    September 10, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. John Thomas, Edina, MN


    I'm sorry to hear that you sheepishly follow others. Oh, and just so you know, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Al Qaeda was not in Iraq before we invaded. Sorry to say, Scott, but you can't force "freedom" on others. And, Scott, we also cannot AFFORD to continue forcing "freedom" on others. Our country has borrowed so much from foreign entities ($3 billion/day) that your kids, your grandchildren, and their kids will be enslaved in ever-increasing taxes. Great thinking, Scott, let's blindly "unite" under the president as he sells this great country away.

    The only one's with the guts are the one's speaking against this war. We see the dire consequences that it is having on this country and the families it is affecting. It's quite easy for you to be the armchair commander, so I suggest that you gear up and get the hell over there to Iraq. Hoooah!

    September 10, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Mark, TX

    I support the troops but everyone knows this war is for oil and money and has nothing to do with protecting America. If the Democrats were in power during 9/11 there still would be 0 attacks. The fact of the matter is that this whole war is a lie just like the war on terror. Does anyone honestly believe that if suicide bombers wanted to blow up a bomb every single day on American soil that they couldn't do it? Give it up. The reason there are no suicide bombers in the U.S. or any terrorist attacks is because there isn't anyone out there that wants to do it. They just want us out of thier region and to stop stealing their oil.

    One more thing, I'm neither a Democrat or Repbulicans because politicians on both sides are all about money and our lives, our education, our health and our security mean nothing to any of them as long as the corporations get what they want. So as you criticize the add and promote Bush and his policies, remember that President Bush, the Republicans, and the Democrats could care less about all of us.

    I feel bad for all of us but especially the troops and their families who are fooled into thinking their sons and daughters are fighting and dying for a noble cause when in reality they're dying so Haliburton and the rich can make even more money than they already have.

    September 10, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Tony, Antioch, TN.

    I applaude Move.on for telling the truth, something that is a territory totally unfamiliar to the Bush/Cheney Administration. General Petraeus is appointed By the president and serves a his leisure, saying all that, his report on Iraq is going to say exactly what Bush want him to say.

    September 10, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Dave, Austin, TX

    I don't think anybody was suggesting censorship, nor does this kind of denunciation of persuade me that voting for democrats will simply bring us 'more of the same.' Any respectable senator in Reid's position should denounce the ad, because it is not the senate's job to judge the Petraeus report before they hear it. Unlike armchair politicians who believe everything they read on, elected representatives cannot simply believe anything that happens to fit their prejudices. Because they represent people who agree with the ad, they should pay attention to the sentiment. But they also represent people like me, who don't enter every political discussion wearing body armor to protect against the possibility of being persuaded. Maybe, just maybe, Petraeus is telling the truth and the troop surge is actually getting something done in Iraq. Those of us who opposed the war from the beginning but prefer to support decisions that might possibly change things in Iraq for the better rather than continuing to moan about how badly the war has already been mismanaged should be happy to see the Senate Democrats distancing themselves a little bit from doctrainnaire slogan slinging. Perhaps this way not all of their objections to what Petraeus has to say and to the current status quo in Iraq will be deflected by closed ears.

    September 10, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Caren

    ZEALOTS/EXTREMISTS on all sides scare the holy crap out of me. Tell me what is the difference between Karl Rove questioning Dems patroitism and resolve any different from Move On doing it? I don't agree with Reid often but I agree with him on this. Shame on you Move On but I know as with all self righteous ZEALOTS you have no shame. BTW I'm a liberal Dem who is ashamed of a liberal organization

    September 10, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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