September 10th, 2007
02:26 PM ET
15 years ago

Kerry: is 'over the top'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, criticized Monday for taking an ad out in The New York Times criticizing Gen. David Petraeus. The general is testifying before Congress today about the situation in Iraq. (Related: Dems join GOP in slamming ad attacking Petraeus)

“I don’t like any kind of characterizations in our politics that call into question any active duty, distinguished general,” Kerry told CNN, adding “who I think under any circumstances serves with the best interests of our country.”

Kerry is a decorated Vietnam War veteran who was awarded two Purple Hearts. In his 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry was attacked by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who questioned his service in the war.

Kerry called the ad “over the top” and specifically noted that he did not like the wording in the text.

“I didn’t like the terminology,” he said. “I didn’t like it.”

The ad shows a picture of Petraeus with the words “General Petraeus or General Betray us?”

– CNN’s Ted Barrett and Xuan Thai

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Sam, IA

    I figured this ticker would pull in the hate radio , koolaid drinking crowd. Who better to point out moveons over the top attack against a military person than one who was attacked and defamed himself. Thank You Mr. Kerry for your service and your integrity.

    September 11, 2007 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  2. Mike Dallas, TX

    Senator Kerry has very little credibility after his 2004 awful campaign.

    September 11, 2007 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  3. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    Kerry didn't have the spine to conduct a serious campaign against Bush in the last election. He's pathetic and I don't want to listen to his opinion about anything.

    September 11, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  4. Chip Celina OH

    I didn't like Kerry during the 2004 campaign, he always 'had a plan' but never any details. This is a good move on his part. It's name calling for the sake of name calling. The Senator was right to denounce it whetheer you agree with MoveOn's position or not.

    September 11, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  5. Patrick, Bartlesville Oklahoma

    I respect Kerry so much more for coming out against this ad. MoveOn is trying to completely take hostage the democratic party. The far left is quickly becoming the mainstream of the democratic party and its getting hard for moderate democratic politicians to come out against it. Heaven forbid you support the way if you are a liberal, it's almost impossible to hold both positions these days. MoveOn should be rejected by the main stream democrats before it gains too much power.

    September 12, 2007 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  6. Sarah McKee

    My understanding is that the "Betray-us" tag actually originated with some of the general's colleagues. 190,000 weapons, plus body armor and other military equipment, went "missing" on Petraeus's watch in Iraq a few years ago. The general reportedly did not even retain the serial numbers, and has no idea to whom they were handed over. Some have undoubtedly been used to arm insurgents attacking U.S. troops and mercenaries in Iraq. During 2004 – 2005, moreover, this general also helped train and arm the Special Police Commandos who have become anti-Sunni death squads. Now he's reportedly funding and arming their enemies, the Sunni militias, who have supposedly stopped shooting us for a while. (There are also splits between Shiia groups, and possibly others.) Our own troops and mercenaries are now caught in a multi-party bloodbath that their own general enabled. If you were a U.S. soldier patrolling the streets as part of our occupation of Iraq, would you have trouble with the tag?

    September 12, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Rummy Dummy

    If this country hadn't gotten so damn wimpy over the last 40 years we'd have millions inthe streets demanding we get out of Iraq and impeach the criminal element that took us there instead of some pansy ads in the papers.

    September 12, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. Sharon Binghamton New York

    This is why John Kerry is not the President today.

    September 13, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Mark Hecht, Boonton, NJ

    Let's get our people the hell out of Iraq first, and worry about MoveOn's etiquette later.

    September 13, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Carroll, Longmont, CO is not a radical organization. It's a grass roots organization of people who are concerned about this country and want to protect it and the Constitution. The real radicals are in the current Administration. You know, the ones who support torture, elimination of habeas corpus, attacking countries who are not an imminent threat to us, repudiation of the Geneva Conventions. Ask yourself, "who are the radicals here?"

    September 16, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Jeff, ColdSpring,NY

    The General “betray us” argument is but another smoke screen! Come on America, wake up! See this junk for what it is.
    As a formal, republican (disgusted with them), I am amazed at how many people don’t see the same old, tired, republican tactics used over and over by these deceitful morons. That is – they take every opportunity they can to divert the public’s attention away from their blunders and then find, no… create an issue (smoke screen) to distract you from the important issues like this damned war and our young men and women who are sacrificed like pawns. These selfish politicians are playing a game with us and our lives. I believe the Dems and the Gop are putting on a show. I can imagine them laughing “behind the curtain” hi fivin each other about how well they fooled us. Think back about some of the past, juicy “news stories” that were the headlines that squashed the real stories – the political blunders they need us to forget. I’d bet anyone who keeps themselves informed would probably be able to come up with at least a dozen instances within the past year. Probably hundreds in the last 6 years.
    I am not a member of but I do try to keep an open mind and give everyone a chance. I’ve seen a few representatives of Moveon talk about important issues like the war and they seem to be very smart people who can debate and think “quick on their feet”! Maybe they would make better official representatives of the people then the clowns we have now! Disgusted American

    September 20, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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