July 16th, 2008
09:33 AM ET
6 years ago

New Moveon ad takes aim at McCain's Iraq policy

Moveon.org takes aim at McCain's unwillingness to set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.
Moveon.org takes aim at McCain's unwillingness to set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.

(CNN)— Sen. John McCain’s Iraq policy is front-and-center in a new Moveon.org ad Wednesday taking aim at the Arizona senator’s unwillingness to stake out a timeline for redeployment of troops from Iraq.

“In Chicago, in Saint Louis and Seattle, the American people are demanding a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq,” the ad says. “In Baghdad and Basra and Tikrit, the Iraqi people……and now the Iraqi Prime minister are also demanding a timetable. But John McCain doesn't want a timetable.”

John McCain, who supported President Bush’s veto of the war spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops by March 2008 and was an early proponent of sending additional American troops to Iraq, has consistently warned against withdrawing troops from the war torn country unless condition on the ground warrant it.

For the first time last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki joined the growing number of American citizens and U.S. leadership in calling for a timetable for U.S. military withdrawal from the country.

In light of growing economic concerns at home, the ad also highlights the monumental costs of the ongoing war.

“He'll spend hundreds of billions of dollars more,” the ad says “to keep our keep our troops in Iraq for years and years.”

Moveon will spend $100,000 to run the ad on national cable.

The RNC released the following statement in response to the ad:

“MoveOn.org is repaying Barack Obama for his ideological position on Iraq by running ads that ignore the improving situation in Iraq. Obama and MoveOn were wrong to oppose the surge, and they’re wrong to demand immediate withdrawal now. Rather than listening to MoveOn.org to set his strategy, Barack Obama should withhold judgment until he meets with our commanders in Iraq,” said RNC Spokesman Alex Conan.


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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Just bring them all home already.

    July 16, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. jason, tx

    MoveOn just needs to knock it off.

    Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. therealist

    If George Soro and his fellow liberals at MoveOn.org are against something..., then I'm most likely for it.

    July 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Clinton/McCain

    Does Move on realize that Obama has now backed away from a timeline?

    July 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. John

    What is so wrong with making a decision based on the circumstances. Do we buy a house if we can't get a loan? If the car needs new tires, we don't take a long trip until we get new tires. All John McCain is saying is that we need to let the situation and the circumstances determine the best course of action.

    Right now the Hamas has joined the Taliban in Afghanistan. That means that we need to strengthen our troops and change some of our tactics there. Iraq has become more stable. I'm sure that this development will allow us to bring some troops out of that country.

    When we make decisions of troop deployment that are set in concrete, that only allows our enemies to plan and plot accordingly. That not helping our national security.

    July 16, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. L

    McCain is so right when it comes to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I dont want our troops to come home thinking that we didnt respect the hard work they did to turn Iraq in a direction for the better.

    Anyway, Obama has the exact same policy as McCain, which is to keep a force there as security and some that are combat ready. Exactly what McCain said he'd do and will do it as and when the generals on the ground say so.

    July 16, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Moveon is a despicable organization. The General Betray Us ad was disgusting. Of course Obama never criticized it. McCain was right about the surge, and now Obama wants to copy McCain's strategy in Afghanistan. You don't hear many liberals criticizing the surge any more, do you? Because they were dead WRONG again. Obama has never been to Afghanistan, and hasn"t been to Iraq in two years. Without talking to the commanders in the field, any strategy he proposes is just hot air. Where did Obama learn military strategy? Law school? What a sorry, pathetic joke.

    July 16, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Randy

    Allyou people quoting the Iraqi Prime Minister's call for a timetable. Do you realize this is progress??????

    Good God people....Iraq is now a national security issue....was it before we invaded probably not. But it happened and now we have to fix it!!!! What happened when the Soviets left Afganistan....do any of you brain dead Obama supporters know?????????

    Well, do some research if you can't guess off the top of your head. We are in Iraq now and we need to prevent Iraq from becoming another terrorist breeding ground like Afganistan became for OUR OWN SAFETY!!!

    Plus, if you think the world hates us now, as all the Obamabots like to suggest....(even though all of GW's allies were re-elected) then people just think how they will feel about us if we bomb a country to shreds and then leave without fixing it!!!!

    Would you people please use some common sense!!!!!!

    God this country is scary

    July 16, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Linda

    I don't know what is wrong with moveon.org. They decided to support Obama, but every time they have been criticized from the right, Obama has refused to support them. If Obama doesn't stop moving to the center, pretty soon he'll be on the right. Afterall, he already voted with Bush on the surveillance bill. I'm not afraid he's a radical Muslim. I'm afraid he's a Reagan Republican!

    July 16, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Jeff Long

    This is a waste of a commercial especially when the "surge" is working. This is poor advertising and this will have no effect on any Independents, McCain supporters, or Hillary supporters. This add is to only make Obama supporters scream Hooray! Try again Move-on or how about you just "Keep it Move-in".

    July 16, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Ian

    I think it's funny how we went to Iraq to liberate them and now they want us out of there.

    July 16, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Tammie from Ohio

    The Obama's campaign has alot of nerve, especially after Obama
    is flip flopping all over the place about the war.

    July 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Helene

    McSame and Judas Lieberman should be sent to Iraq to fight their war !

    July 16, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Pick Me! Pick Me!!

    I commend John McCain for his service to this country. Having stated that, I wish someone would run an ad on his votes on Veteran's issues.

    For someone who had, "been there, done that" he has done very little for the men and women who served before him and after him.

    I guess this is one of many reasons a lot of us that won’t vote for him (McCain).

    Sequentially, integrity is what I look for in someone running for President. Self-aggrandizement without end is a characteristic flaw that cannot overlook in anyone running for that same position.

    McCain: ‘I Received The Highest Award From Literally Every Veterans Organization In America"

    The recognition McCain has received from veterans groups is not "high awards" but failing grades:

    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

    Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain’s dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans’ issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

    In a list of "Key Votes," Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain "Voted Against Us" 15 times and "Voted For Us" only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

    July 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. RJ, CA

    You can call John McCain any nasty names you want - won't work on those of us who KNOW that he is a genuine, experienced statesman and true American hero.

    But what would you know about any of that? You sit safely at home while others fight the battles for you - and probably fall apart when your cell phone battery is low!

    Keep it up with your dismal anti-McCain psychobabble - and continue to demonstrate that your middle name is "Idiot."

    July 16, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. john williams san diego, ca.

    Obama is finally catching up on the war and took off the talking points on his web sight on why the surge is not working. so technically that is NOT a flip-flop.

    July 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. California Gold

    I'd like to see a timetable for transitioning out of Iraq. You would think McCain would have seen from the Vietnam "Conflict" that you might be able to conquer a land, but you can't conquer the people. Tens of thousands Americans dead and we transitioned out and let the Vietnamese people resume control of their country. Vietnam taught us good lessons.

    As far as being a more qualified Commander In Chief, as a professional soldier McCain should have been demanding an exit strategy from the beginning. Without an exit strategy you are simply there to conquer and occupy. Ignore the desire of the people of that land you conquered. This is precisely the McCain approach for another 100 years.

    While he was a POW he totally missed the last 5 years of American voter upset over Vietnam, thus McCain in 2008 fails to see American voters of the Vietnam Era aren't not supportive of occupation for.

    July 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    It just so happens that just because John McCain was a POW for 5 years, such does not qualify him as an expert in foreign policy, etc. After all, he certainly has not been the ONLY POW in existance!!! Get real people!

    July 16, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Bridgette-PA

    TO: RJ, CA--Please stick that magazine where the sun don't shine. Your pathetic. Get a life and stick with the issues....if your tiny brain knows what they are!

    OBAMA / SEBELIUS -08!

    July 16, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Billy

    Not a big MoveOn fan but that ad is pretty much true.

    July 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    TO ALL WHO THINK MCCAIN IS STRONGER ON FOREIGN POLICY, PLEASE ..........THINK!

    MCCAIN'S FOREIGN IS: "BOMB........BOMB ...........BOMB IRAN!"

    With $10 TRILLION DOLLARS IN NATIONAL DEBT OWED TO THE SAUDIS, CHINA AND DUBAI............ HOW WILL WE CONTINUE BOMB AND GO TO WAR??

    IRAQ COSTS $1.38 BILLION A DAY! EXPLAIN HOW THIS IS GOOD FOREIGN POLICY?

    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES FOREIGN POLICY MAKE WHEN AMERICANS ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES, JOBS AND SAVINGS?

    GOOD FOR MOVEON.ORG FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO TELL-IT-LIKE-IT-IS!

    July 16, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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