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. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    We wouldn't have had to go to Iraq in 2003 if we had finished the job in 1991, when the elder Bush and Colin Powell wimped out in response to members of the media whining about the televised images of burned corpses of Saddam's rapists and murderers on their way out of Kuwait. Had General Petraeus been in command, and not Colin Powell, we would have continued on to Baghdad and ousted Saddam, saved a million Kurds, and possibly have discouraged Iran from allowing their current nutcase from ever taking power.

    And while I do not hold the present President Bush in any high regard, I'd still like to hear everyone apologize to him after it is shown that weapons of mass destruction did, in fact, exist in Iraq – but were spirited off to Syria before our troops arrived.

    And stop whining aout Katrina. If you live next door to a 20 foot wall of water and stay there even after being told to leave, you deserve to lose your house. If a big quake hits L.A. or San Francisco in the next few years, how much do you think a Hillary/Obama administration can do to solve everyone's problems? I want to see Hillary up there with a rivet gun rebuilding the Golden Gate Bridge...

    September 20, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Jim Topeka, KS

    What a hypocrite, I don't recall him denouncing swiftboat veterans, oh yes he did not approve it, that about where it was left. While I disagree with the attack on Petraeus, the Bush adminstration has been cherry picking since before being handed the 2000 election, its nothing new in your White House George, even members of your own staff have said that they don't present anything that would upset you or not fall into line with you perception of things.

    September 20, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Eduardo, Los Angeles, CA

    We are at war with Iraq because Congress approved it because of military/secret information we received at the time (also from various sources)and information and/or knowledge dating back to the prior two-term Administration.

    September 20, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Dean, Baltimore MD

    Just goes to prove that much of America doesn't believe anything he, or his cronies, say anymore... and we should all know that or swiftboats or whomever are just more personal interest groups funded or backed by the opposing team.

    September 20, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Herb, New Jersey

    So telling to see that liberal democrats time and time again lie and distort the facts.

    Will once of these socialists please explain which branch of our military Micheal Moore-on, ummm served in? The swift boat vets did serve our country and have the right to correct the lies that a man running for president was spewing. is just a bunch of American hating libs who attacked a man currently defending our freedom for no reason, and have zero facts to back up the hate they are spewing about him and really every member of our military. To try and compare these two as the same, is well liberal democrat. Liberal democrat now means someone full of hate and anger, who is only capable of attacks and spewing lies against anyone and everyone who doesn't march to the agenda. Yeah, aren't they so tolerant, loving, and open-minded?

    September 20, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. J C White City, Kansas

    I too am a veteran, but unlike the veterans of swiftboat I did not attack the war record of another veteran. When the President was asked about his National Guard service, a DD form 214 was paraded out and presented saying that he had honorably completed his service, it should have been dropped right then and there, however swiftboat decided to attack John Kerry's war record, a veteran that actually did serve Vietnam was awarded three purple hearts, a Bronze medal and a Silver Star. Swiftboat vets came forth and claimed they were not real medals properly awarded, but they were on his DD form 214, just like the completion of President Bush's service obligation. But unlike the President, the son of a very affuent family, one that surly would have a following and strap hangers all about him, there was not a flood of veterans coming forth claiming to have served with him in the Guard, while John Kerry actually have fellow veterans who had served with him standing by his side supportting him. Yes, you shall say one of the men that served with John Kerry came out on the side of swiftboat, but it should be noted that he had stood by Kerry and supported him in the past.

    This type of political mud slinging is the worst type of trash out there today, but if you can not stand the heat don't go in the kitchen applies. The first shot was fired and not stopped so does this type of mud slinging surprise you or just anger you because it not aimed at someone you don't like.

    Personnaly I would call for organizations such as swiftboat and moveon to back off and support canidates in a responsible manner, but I do not expect this to occur.

    September 20, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    Posted By Tom, Mission Viejo, CA : September 20, 2007 3:10 pm

    Why you ask?

    Because Osama bin Laden wasn't in Iraq; Because Al Qaeda wasn't in Iraq;
    Because Iraq didn't attack us on 9/11; Because Bush should have left all of our resources and "stayed the course" in Afghanistan instead of "cutting and running" to Iraq – bin Laden and Al Qaeda could very well have been a distant memory by now; Because Bush pulled most of our resources out of Afghanistan, the Taliban and Al Qaeda are at pre-9/11 strength and the Afghan people are once again screwed,etc. etc., etc.

    Why did Bush choose to attack Iraq? A few things ... because, as he's said himself, the only way to get out from under Poppy's thumb was to do what Poppy couldn't – get Saddam; secure Iraq's oil for his base of haves & have-mores in the oil industry; because even prior to 9/11, Bush and his cabal of criminally incompetents focused their efforts on Iraq – case in point – right after 9/11 who was the first person Bush & Co. told our intelligence agencies to link it to? Saddam. And, once we did invade, what was the first thing our troops were told to secure? Not the people, not the museums, not banks, governmental buildings, etc., but ... the oil fields.

    There are many reasons why most Americans are against this war: It is a war of CHOICE and our soldiers are dying for a CHOICE, not a CAUSE; innocent civilians are dying for a CHOICE not a CAUSE; we were LIED TO because of a CHOICE; billions of our taxpaying dollars are being pissed away on a CHOICE; we are no safer today than prior to 9/11 due to a CHOICE; our military is being privatized and handed over to thugs with guns while our troops are protecting THEM; this entire war is A WAR FOR PROFIT, not a war for FREEDOM. There are many, MANY reasons why this war is disgusting. Who are WE to force our way of life on people who, culturally, haven't changed for THOUSANDS OF YEARS!

    Ye asked and ye received ... anyone, please feel free to expound if I've missed something ... and please explain it coherently for Tom.

    September 20, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. J Murphy

    When you fire all the Generals that disagree with you, don't expect the people to except a puppet.

    September 20, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Trapper, Pearl City, HI

    Let's see, this condemnation coming from a man who used falsified & fake information to convince Congress to support his burning desire to invade Iraq and get us into a no-win war for whatever idiot reasoning he & Cheney & Rumsfeld might have dreamed up.

    I just remember old W saying back in 2002 that he wouldn't rest until Bin Laden was found & brought to justice. I'm still waiting, George! Do you even remember who Bin Laden is? Or do you even care?

    I don't think anybody takes you even half seriously anymore. You're just a puppet & even the GOP die-hards know it now. How does it feel to know you're going to go down as probably the worst President in American history!

    By the way, we've buried a lot of men from Charlie Company here in Honolulu that paid the price for your war. Hope you're really proud of that.

    September 20, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Steve from ??,

    You brought up Halliburton. Tom/Mass is right on the money. You probably don't know this ... but here are some facts for you to digest about Halliburton and President Clinton:

    In 1997 President Clinton put up for bid LOGCAP (government contract) previously awarded to Halliburton. The lowest bidder (in '97) was Dyncorp. However, the Clinton Administration over-rode the lowest bid and awarded the contract to.... HALLIBURTON.

    Cry all you want about Bush/Cheney – but it was President Clinton that gave Halliburton it's first effective no-bid win.

    September 20, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Joseph L. Savoy, Houston, Texas

    It seems to me that General Petraeus, regardless of the thoughts and comments by political pundits or organizations like "", has, in part, performed his mission as a US commander. He, and all of the military, have put their lives on the line so that we, as civilians, have the freedom, luxury and right, to make these statements, say what is on our minds, however disagreeable to someone else, and to have these arguments. The truth, validity and accuracy of his report aside, I salute him and all of the Military, without whom we would not have this freedom. As a general officer, I am sure that he disagrees with some comments and yet his heart is warmed by the knowledge that he is, in part, directly responsible for the fact that we have these rights.

    September 20, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. CitizenUSA

    Looks like our leader is a bit upset that an organization is acutally speaking FOR THE PEOPLE. Keep up the good work move.on.! At least someone is watching our backs.

    September 20, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Patirck, Bartlesville Oklahoma

    Can't you people seperate your hatred of our president from what he is talking about. He called the ad disgusting, he wasn't talking about justification for the war or the swift vote campaign. Seperate the issue. He was giving his opinion of of the ad which most americans, democrat and republicans alike find "disgusting"

    September 20, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Carrol Ann, Newport, Maine

    Mr. Bush, please read this very carefully, it is called FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

    And we are not all as dumb as you may hope. A country at war is a country easy to manipulate. It is also easier to strip the citizens of a country of war of many of their civil rights.


    September 20, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Bruno Forlani, Chicago, IL

    Yo BUSH: Stop bulling the rest of the nation! You need to shut up and focus on more important things like this NATION and its people! You have cause us all enough disgrace!

    So what will you do next? Try to change the constitution so you can infringe on people's rights and rewrite the 1st amendment?

    We are tired of you lies and games, and you trying to censor people that are speaking their minds, well is just what a dumb cowboy like you would do... what was I thinking...

    Sorry America; Broken government at its best!

    September 20, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. CJ

    As a US citizen, I resent that I have been lied to by the President of the United States regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the false pretenses with which he led our soldiers to war. I question the manner he responded to the attacks 9/11. I am disgusted at his response to our people who suffered during Hurricane Katrina. It just amazes me how anyone whose job performance is at the bottom of the barrel would have the audacity to criticize others about their decisions.

    September 20, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Martin, Rochester, MN

    Funny, wasn't it ads that attacked another soldier's service that got him re-elected?

    September 20, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Ron Nebraska

    Where is the disgust for Coulter, Limbaugh, Hannity from the right wing when they say something disgusting and usually untrue?

    September 20, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Fightin' side of me, NC

    MoveOn and their uber-liberal groupies have absolutely no basis to make that accusation at Gen. Pertraeus. They surely aren't living in Iraq or serving there. They base these assertions from left-leaning editorials and meaningless opinion polls. Wake up America! Gen. Petraeus is the commander on the ground. His job isn't to create foreign policy or come up with reasons why we should or should not support it. Seems to me that MoveOn and the radical liberals who support them have committed an egregious error of misplaced anger.

    What is truly "disgusting" is the foul stench of the commentary from all the above liberal mugwumps who have a big yellow stripe painted down their backs.

    They all sit in their cozy houses sipping chai and lattes and comment about stuff they have absolutely no knowledge about. After reading their vitriol, it is clear that not a single one of these mugwumps have ever served in Iraq or Afghanistan. They have never seen a jihadist up close and personal and have no concept of the hatred that drives these terrorist pukes to want to kill any and all Americans; simply because we are Americans.

    Their nearsightedness is appalling. Do you mugwumps honestly believe if we pull out of Iraq right now the terrorists will say, "Thank you very much we will not attack you anymore"? Or the naive belief that diplomacy or isolationism will actually work with non-state terrorist organizations. Get a clue! We are going to be fighting these SOBs across the world for the next 30+ years. You liberals need to start getting used to it.

    September 20, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Scott, Madison, WI

    So Georgie-Boy ... I'm sorry ... Mr. President,

    You take this opportunity to show your values and morals? What a Chimp in Chief. Clear the slime and look at your own administration, big guy .. cowboy!

    September 20, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Rumsfeld, D - Maryland

    "Moveon.Org represents the epitomy of special interests attempting to buy the election."

    The EPITOME? Let's talk about the criminal corporation, Halliburton. Let's talk about the Swift Boat Cowards for Lies.

    Posted By Steve : September 20, 2007 1:39 pm


    September 20, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Rose Hann New London, CT

    President Bush forgot about the Swift-Boat ads which denegrated both John Kerry's service to his country and Max Clealand, who left limbs behind in Viet Nam. Whi is really disgusting?
    Stop being a bunch of hypocrits when you live in a glass house.
    CNN jumped all over this. Where were you all when John Kerry was getting slammed?

    September 20, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. firestone colorado

    now, don't forget!! hurricane katrina was something bush conjured up because he hates black people...i feel sorry for all of you that have no clue. if i give you a dollar, will you dems go out and buy a clue?

    September 20, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  24. Josh, Branson, MO

    Bush injected General Petraeus into a political fray, and by doing so the General became a political figure. There are lines between the military and politicians for a reason; a politicized military is the end of liberty, freedom and justice. I hope Mr. Bush will in the future keep the General in Iraq doing his job, and that he will do his own political dirty work.

    September 21, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  25. Winston Hsia, San Antonio Texas

    Poor solders & generals. You have to obey orders even you know BUSH is a liar. Are you really defending US in IRAQ?
    Or, you just have been fooled by BUSH.

    September 21, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
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