September 14th, 2007
02:29 PM ET
15 years ago moves from 'betray us' to 'betrayal' ad

The target of a political firestorm this week for its NY Times ad, is launching a new TV ad next week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Five days after set off a political firestorm by publishing an ad in the New York Times attacking the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, the liberal advocacy group has set its sights on President Bush.

The organization announced Friday it is rolling out a new national television ad campaign next week accusing Bush of "a betrayal of trust."

"Before the surge, George Bush had 130,000 troops stuck in Iraq," states the ad's narrator. "Americans had elected a new Congress to bring them home. Instead, Bush sent 30,000 more troops. "

"Now he's making a big deal about you guessed it...pulling out 30,000," the narrator adds. "So, next year, there will still be 130,000 troops stuck in Iraq."

"[President Bush has] given us a sham draw-down plan — 30,000 troops by next July is not a plan to end the war," Nita Chaudhary, a spokeswoman for the organization said in a statement. "No one is fooled by this. It’s just a political scheme to provide cover for Republicans and run out the clock to the end of his term."

Absent from the television spot is Petraeus, who was accused by MoveOn in its now infamous "Petraeus or Betray us" New York Times ad of not being truthful in his Iraq report for political reasons.

The Times ad claimed Patraeus "will not admit what everyone knows: Iraq is mired in an unwinnable religious civil war." It also suggested that Petraeus' testimony was influenced by the White House.

Eli Pariser, executive director of, told CNN the group wanted to move past Petraeus in the TV ad campaign and "remind people about the president's role in this as well."

And despite condemnation from members of both parties over the ad in the New York Times, Pariser says he has no regrets the organization placed it, saying, "We're happy it caused people to take a close look at the statistics."

Meanwhile former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a candidate for president, placed his own ad in the New York Times Friday rebutting and attacking "the Democrats' orchestrated attacks on General Petraeus."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    The following is unbelievably disgraceful statement:

    "Anyone who defends this president and his administration, if you want to call it that, should have their head examined while at Guantanamo. The president is a Terrorist. He's part of the neocon new world order and an anti-christ in his actions. Look up George H.W. Scherff and read what Otto Skorzeny said on his death bed about the Bush.

    Posted By PJ : September 14, 2007 4:39 pm"


    Right on, Robin, Dalls, TX. You've stollen my thoughts.

    September 14, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  2. Max, Austin, TX

    I'm confused...whose "trust" was "betrayed"? Did W betray the "trust" that MoveOn had in him?

    September 15, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. Trish, Sebastopol CA

    People, people people!!!

    Isn't anyone else tired of all this useless bickering?

    Turns out most folks are in the 80% that is the middle of the bell curve - why let the 10% left and 10% right extremes throw us into disarray like this?

    Let's all find common ground in the middle somewhere. We have way too much work to do to fix our country to keep at it like this. What we're doing here accomplishes nothing but to bring advertising dollars to CNN.

    I'm voting for Barack Obama, because I believe he's the only candidate who can stop all this madness and unite us again.

    (To the next posters who will undoubtedly use the words "Osama", "Hussein", or "Naive/inexperienced": it's old and out of touch. Start thinking for yourself, and maybe you'll get past that eventually.)


    September 15, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  4. Matt, Chico, CA

    Thank you James

    September 15, 2007 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  5. Paul, Kissimmee Florida

    I wish would leave this country since they hate it here so much. Try France, they're afraid to fight too.

    September 15, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  6. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Bush betrayed our trust as Americans by ignoring and BREAKING FISA laws and spying on U.S. citizens without even applying for the RETROACTIVE court warrants (this provision avoids any and all delays in needed espionage), by deceiving us into a needless war, but perhaps most of all by ignoring the repeated warnings of his top security advisors in the summer of 2001 that Al Qaida was planning something BIG to happen SOON and likely on U.S. soil, and taking yet ANOTHER month long vacation on his "ranch" in Crawford. So his claims that he is defying Constitutional laws to "protect" us are his crying "wolf" ad nauseum. THAT is betrayal personified.

    September 15, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. David, Encinitas, CA

    It seems that many people view politics as a kind of game, similar to football, where they have their favorite team and players, and support them no matter how good or bad they play. This is especially true among the extremes, both left and right. The problem is, unlike those made by sports teams, the decisions that our leaders make impact our lives, and the lives of our fellows.

    Don't give your loyalty away so lightly, or your trust. I think people have forgotten that they have a responsibility to try to understand the issues and make informed decisions. Faith in God is fine, but that standard should not be applied to our political parties or politicians (or to the Media for that matter)!

    September 15, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. John J. Sullivan, Indianapolis, IN

    CNN again has betrayed it's readers.

    Notice this line in the above "news" story?

    "And despite condemnation from members of both parties over the ad in the New York Times, etc. etc. etc."

    We even get a link to the "condemnation" story offered by CNN.

    And as usual, they lied. Hard put to really justify any claim for honor by Democratic Party leaders, CNN finally drags up a couple "luke warm" objections. One was mildy critical of the "choice of words" in the ad, but would not for a moment object to the content of the ad, in fact defending the organizations' "right" to place such an ad.

    Yet CNN pretends there was serious criticism of this despicable ad.

    CNN lies, but I guess that isn't news either.

    September 15, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Garrett Babb Indianapolis, IN

    Wow, it would be nice if actually spoke out for the truth in everything. It's just another polarizing, left-right, baloney paradigm. We need to see that it's not black and white or left and right. There's many different ways to analyze a situations which is why we need to look at things differently than we did in previous generations. Let's get excited about a person rather than a party's candidate. And democrats, how could you not fall in love with Ron Paul? The republican establishment along with Fox News hates him (and I mean HATES him) that's got to tell you something... He is the candidate that is really for the people, you can't get any better than that.

    September 15, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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