September 17th, 2007
03:57 PM ET
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Cheney blasts anti-Petraeus ad at GOP fund-raiser

Watch Vice President Cheney's reaction to MoveOn.org's Petraeus 'betray us' ad.

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday waded into the week-old controversy over a newspaper advertisement that criticized the top U.S. commander in Iraq, using a speech at a Republican fund-raiser to call the ad "an outrage."

Republicans have blasted the full-page New York Times ad by the anti-war activist group MoveOn.org, which questioned whether Gen. David Petraeus was "cooking the books" in his report to Congress last week. GOP lawmakers have demanded that Democrats disavow the Sept. 11 ad, which was titled "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" (Related video: Strategy Session: Was MoveOn out of line?)

"Like most Americans I admire the integrity and the candor that General Petraeus showed in his hearings before Congress," Cheney said during a fund-raiser for Missouri Republican congressman Sam Graves. "The attacks on him by MoveOn.org in ad space provided at subsidized rates in the New York Times last week were an outrage."

The Times said last week that MoveOn.org paid $65,000 for the page - the normal rate for an advocacy ad from a non-profit group, according to newspaper spokeswoman Catherine Mathis. The newspaper had no additional comment Monday.

Cheney was one of the leading advocates of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and remains one of the now-unpopular war's most outspoken supporters. Fellow Republicans have used the MoveOn.org ad to attack Democrats who now support withdrawing American troops from the conflict.

"It's bad enough when politicians turn their backs on a war they voted for and supported when it was popular," Cheney said Monday. "But no one in politics, regardless of party, should hesitate to object when an American soldier at war is mocked and insulted."

Democrats have repeatedly attacked the vice president's credibility on Iraq. He told CNN in 2005 that the now 4-year-old insurgency was in its "last throes," and said in 2001 that it was "pretty well confirmed" that Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the al Qaeda attacks on New York in Washington, had met with an Iraqi intelligence official in the Czech Republic.

The independent commission that investigated the attacks later found that Atta was in the United States when the meeting was supposed to have taken place.


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  1. Beatrice, Long Beach, CA

    I served my country while this hemorrhoid was getting a deferment. He spouts profanities on the Senate floor, lies to constituents and has attempted to destroy the US Constitution.

    Get some Preparation H and vanquish him post haste!

    September 17, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Monte,Dunedin Fl

    Mocking a soldier at war, like Betrayus, isn't as bad as mocking someone who is begging for mercy to spare their life like Bush did with Carla Fay Tucker.

    September 17, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    We should say the truth even the mouth is twisted, but Cheney's mouth is opened, that's a lie. Dick is a human devil, he doesn't fear Americans and God, God will judge him eventually. I hope he doesn't show up on public, especially on TV, please don't take his picture. My stomach is upset and BP goes up when I see his face.

    September 17, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Eric Kansas City, MO, please show me the part in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution where the Founding Fathers wrote that it was the mission of the United States to spread democracy (which they knew was an evil form of government) and topple evil dictators? On the contrary. John Quincy Adams, who had a long history of public service before becoming 6th President of the US, said that the US "goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy." Instead, he said that we would "commend the general cause by the countenance of (our) voice, and the benignant sympathy of (our) example."

    Since when is it a novelty that Americans would show a "complete lack of respect...to our elected leaders and honerable military generals?" What country and whose country is this anyway? Perhaps you should heed the words of Theodore Roosevelt: "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

    You need to read more history because you obviously don't know what this country is about nor why it was founded.

    September 18, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    ..Remind me again why this VP of the past 8 years is not running for president?

    September 18, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    With some respect to J Houston of TX, there was some segments of the U.S. population that was against going to war with Germany; mostly because they had some sympathies with Nazi ideologies. Once December 7, 1941 happened, the majority of the country went to support the war.

    As to the people who were detained without due process, those were American citizens of Japanese ancentry. Most of them supported the U.S. without question. We don't have a similar fight with terrorists. It is a different war because it is between countries and an international non-state terrorist group intent on spreading hate and violence across the planet until all are like them.

    As for Saddam, yes he was a sick man. He needed to be tried for the crimes he committed and ordered. It was a good thing that he was removed from power. The problem with toppling when we did and how we did it are many fold. First, he was somewhat contained in Iraq. Second and more importantly, we were still working on Afganistan where the real problem was going on and not fully resolved. Third, there was a limited amount of support from the rest of the world. I think Alan Greenspan was correct in his statement stating that war was mostly about oil. The oil which we use so much of is often a point that we need to take into account when foreign policy is made.

    It is too bad that we don't have the political, economic, and scientific will to advance our technology to the point where we don't need oil. If we could do that and hold onto to the rights to the technology, we could become a wealthy country.

    September 18, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. jaffecohen

    I distrust Dick Cheney so much that I just made a contribution to MoveOn.org- we all need to do whatever we can to stop this insane administration.

    September 18, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Rex McLauchlin, Okla. City, OK

    Obviously Mr. Cheney knows nothing of intergity nor candor. His deceptive behaviors have provided a clear picture of his motivations. He need not say a word and that would be a good change for him to make.
    RVM

    September 18, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Paul Conley, Palmetto Bay, Florida

    To qualify to be a general officer you must be competent, intelligent and a politician. Gen Petraeus is all of these and we know that he will not prosper if he does not please his boss. I have no doubt that he can prepare and present a report to support any argument. His report could just as easily be used to justify withdrawing but he was able to spin sufficiently to stay the course a little longer.
    Anyone who thinks that we are winning are encouraged to sign up quickly so they can be in the victory parade.

    September 18, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. p-brain, Bucyrus, OH

    I didn't know generals were so sensitive. I feel sad knowing that General Petraeus is crying himself to sleep at night because of what that mean MoveOn said.

    September 19, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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