September 20th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
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Bush slams ad

Watch President Bush condemn the ad Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush on Thursday slammed last week's advertisement from an anti-war group that criticized the top military commander in Iraq and upbraided Democrats, saying they were skittish about criticizing the group.

Bush, at a press conference at the White House, was asked about his reaction to's ad in The New York Times that "mocked" Gen. David Petraeus as Gen. "Betray Us."

The president called the advertisement "disgusting." The group and other war critics have accused Petraeus and the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" to make it seem that military success is being achieved in Iraq.

Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, in reports to Congress last week, said they believe the U.S. troop increase, or "surge," has had successes, an assertion questioned by war critics.

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  1. Eduardo, LA, CA is just another tool of the "Left Wing Conspiracy"! I wonder how many of them contribute SECRETLY to the GOP?

    September 20, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    Typical Dubya – a day late and a dollar short.

    Typical Dubya – fails to realize HE'S the true "betrayer".


    September 20, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Steve

    Worst. President. Ever.

    September 20, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Given Bush's track record of appointments based on toeing the company line as opposed to competence, his comdemnation of "Move On" should been seen as an affirmation of the AD.

    September 20, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Excellent Henry – you are 100% right! Look at the other comments – it falls on deaf ears....there are those who need to hear one side of a debate...and can make up their minds – (aka...Democrats) – and there are those who research and find out the truth...we are called Republicans and Independents – can't wait for Rudy to win to give the Democrats more excuses as to why the election was "stolen" from them....and why can't it register homeless and the dead to vote for them....

    September 20, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Michael F, Fort Worth TX

    Dear George Bush,

    I could say the same thing about your leadership of my country for the past 8+ years, "DISGUSTING !!!!!!"

    U.S. (Uncle Sam) America

    September 20, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    How could Hillary vote AGAINST this resolution?

    No one would dispute that this ad by MoveOn.Org was offensive and harmful to our cause in the Middle East.

    What reason could she possibly have for not standing up to these people?

    September 20, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Make me understand, Mission Viejo, CA

    Can someone, or a few of the "Impeach Bush/Cheney" crowd, please explain (clearly) why Bush got us into this "disgusting" war? And don't use "he lied to us", that's not the point, i want to know for what reason Bush "lied" to get us into a war against Saddam, the Taliban, and al Qaeda?
    For what purpose are we militarily engaged right now?

    September 20, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    He didn't use that word to describe the Swift Boat Vets ads that,contray to official U.S. Navy records, smeared the military service of Former Lt. John F.Kerry.

    September 20, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Nick Giambri Ason PA

    The president should not use our generals as policy salesmen. We all love our military people, but if president Bush uses them as political shields, and tools to spin his agenda, then they will get treated the same way he does.

    September 20, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Tom, Austin, Tx.

    HELLO!!! Remember Swift Boat? Did he condemn that as disgusting? What a hypocrit!!!

    September 20, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Bill Charleston SC

    Hey Christian in Tampa,

    Ending the war is NOT supporting our troops. I'm getting a little tired of hearing this. We support our troops by finishing the job we went into Iraq to do, thereby honoring the sacrifice of all who gave their lives.

    You liberals are so soft. It's too hard...we need to come home...give me a break and grow a pair K buddy?

    September 20, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Eddy R. Provo, Utah


    September 20, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. napperfat

    I am now doubly proud to have contibuted to the Move-on ad which, by the way, is 100% verifiable, something that seems to get lost in all the preening and false outrage.

    September 20, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. N. Paine, Oakland, CA

    I thought the ad was far too tame. It should have called for Petraeus to be tried for treason along with the rest of the administration.

    September 20, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    In typical Republican/Rovian fashion: attack the messenger but don't address the message.

    Sadly, these tactics seem to be effective.

    And nobody is infallible, not even a general. Duh.

    September 20, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. afmca, Baltimore, MD

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Here is a man with his hatchet men Cheney and Rove that have made a science out of derogatory, inflammatory statements. If he wasn't so strident it would almost be funny .. but as history has shown Bush lacks the self-awareness and intelligence to realize his hypocrisy.

    September 20, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. C, Sacramento, CA

    To TSgt H,

    "...we are in a war..."

    I respect your service to this country and I do agree with you about the nonsense going back and forth in these blogs.

    But if you will sir, please elaborate how this is a war, and explain who exactly we are at war with.

    September 20, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Henry Tucker, Ga

    David – Dallas Tx

    You asked me, "Henry Tucker of Ga, what do you think the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth"

    Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were Vietnam Vets that had served along with John Kerry. These were men who angered with John Kerry's accounts and characterizations of other Vietnam Vets. This group existed during the Kerry Campaign and did not attack other democrats.

    Moveon.Org began in 1998 as a legal defense for Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings. It has continued as a political hit group ever since for 9 years and continues today. The major contributors are NOT vets yet they attack the character of a 4-Star General.

    HUGE differences between the two organizations, David.

    September 20, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Steve from "parts unknown", did you save up your allowance and finally get a computer?

    Let's talk about Halliburton shall we? The previous President used this company as well, so does that make him greedy and criminal as well?

    Now I am a Veteran just like ALL the Swift boat folks were, I don't know the truth and neither do you, so calling them cowards even though they served and the only uniform you ever wore was from McDonalds, that is an insult beyond the pale.

    As for Moveon scaring us? I encourage them to keep speaking for the Democrats as we can then open up the dialogue that show that they were started up by communists who are anti-american and against everything we have (look it up, it's the factual truth).

    If that is the type of ideals you wish to embrace go for it.

    The General firmly STATED BEFORE the hearings that everything he was going to say and discuss, were his own words and thoughts, he could not have been any clearer.

    September 20, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. pl. at the UN for a while.

    I am not American. Among other things I am a linguist.

    Let me see:
    – Immoral [no sense of right and wrong]
    – Unethical [abusing the bounds of right and wrong]
    – Offensive [trasgressing the bound of propriety]
    – Unpatriotic [trecherous]
    – Outragious [beyond the reaches of rage]
    – Disgusting [beyond contemplation]
    This is the sequence of epithets that has come out from the Repub. side to qualify an ad exhibiting the populistic displeasure with a catastrophic war that is about to spin out of control.
    Have the hm...peaks of hm...epithetiology been conquered yet?

    September 20, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Tom, Mission Viejo, CA

    Petraeus and the Admin. should be charged with Treason? This is why the anti-war crowd look like nut jobs and loonies. Look up the definition of Treason, come on now.

    Again, can ANYONE on anti-war side please explain coherently why we are militarily engaged in the Middle East?

    yes yes, bush lied, but for what? What's the purpose of our being there?
    yes, you hate the war...but you don't have a reason why?

    September 20, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. laurinda,shokan,ny

    He looks like a little sunday school boy in a man suit.

    September 20, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Tom, Mission Viejo, Ca

    The United States is fighting to counter the growing threat of Islamic facism, the same people who have been blowing up airplanes, discos, curches, and buildings for the past 40 years.

    have we forgotten the airliner that was shot down over Scotland? Or the Mali bombings that killed 200 people? The Munich Olympics? the '93 WTC attacks? the twin African embassy bombings? and the countless other acts of terrorism over the past 40 years?

    Now, we move forward to 2001. Was 9/11 the final attack by terrorists or just the beginning of bolder and more bloddy attacks? What about the plan to down 20 planes over the Pacific? It would take much after seeing the success of 9.11 that terrorists could inflict much more damage than previously.

    the world has been fairly silent over the issue of terrorism for 40 years, minus Israel. Do we continue to play defense and hope we stop these people? No, it doesn't work, we found that out on September 11th. The British found out after that, and so did the Spanish.

    Iraq quite possibly had awful weapons, whether it was chemical, biological, or eventually nuclear. He had been developing these weapons post-Gulf War when he wasn't supposed to be, doing so under our noses. We stopped him in 1996, but then he kicked UN inspectors out in '98. France, Germany, and Russia were trying to get sanctions lifted of Iraq so they could pursue oil contracts with Saddam. Those three countries lost potential billions of dollars as soon as Saddam was removed from power. That is why they were anti-war. $$. Saddam had been a threat and would be a bigger threat if left unchecked like the FRA, GER, and RUS wanted. At the same time, Iran obviously has been working on nuclear weapons, something that caught everyone offguard.

    The Middle East is either ripe for a revolution or war. With unemployment as high as 30% in some countries, it evokes memories of pre-WWII Germany. High unemployment and bitterness towards Europe help cause people to 'believe' in the Nazi party. Then the thugs took power and kept it through violent means.

    The means to ending the Nazis was a military defeat followed by getting the European economy started again. People won't blow themselves up if they have a future to look forward to (for the most part). This is why we are fighting in the Middle East. To remove the immediate threats to our country and then spread a future thru democracy.

    When Arabs in Israel, Iraq, and muslims in Afghanistan can vote FREELY, then why can't muslims in Iran, Egypt, Yemen, SaudiA. vote freely as well? We are already seeing positive changes even though its tough to see throught the smoke right now.

    Bush's policies won't be judged for another 50 years. We must remember, it took the United States some 6 years to win Independence from England and some 10 years to come up with the Constitution as we know it. There were rebellions in the US, too.

    We ought not throw huge expectations on the Iraqis that they must have their country operating perfectly in only 4 years.

    September 20, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. MCD, San Francisco

    This shows me that this administration and The Right are very worried about MoveOn. They are trying to discredit it... just like they do everybody or anything that gets in their way.

    How many times in the past 4 years has this Administration and/or the Right called people traitors because they are against the war? THOUSANDS! Now THAT is disgusting and very troubling.

    September 20, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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