Monday, September 10, 2007


The full page ad run in the New York Times features a large headline under a picture of the general that reads: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" It goes on to say, "Cooking the books for the White House: General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts."

For a change the Republicans are actually speaking out sharply against this kind of hate speech from the Left, although the response is being characterized thus: “'s Attack Ad on Petraeus Strikes Republicans' Nerves”. No, you dopey dimwits, Republicans are PISSED OFF and sick of listening to this crap.

Some reactions:
"I resent the comments of those who have sat comfortably in their air-conditioned offices, thousands of miles away from the firefights and the roadside bombs, and tried their Washington best in recent days to impugn the general’s good name," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement delivered from the Senate floor on Monday.

The ad points to statements from Petraeus such as, "We have achieved progress," regarding the troop surge this year, but says the war is failing, and criticizes the Defense Department for adopting reporting rules that MoveOn says show a rosier picture of Iraqi casualties than reality.

White House spokesman Tony Snow dismissed the ad Monday morning as a an attempt to smear the general before his testimony, and called it "boorish" and "childish."

Sen. John Ensign, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said a failure of Democrats to denounce the ad would mean they have decided re-election is more important than "moving our country forward" or being fair to Petraeus.

"Today, ostensibly on behalf of National Democrats, Democrat front group is calling a unanimously confirmed United States General a liar and betrayer of the public trust. Apparently the prospect of campaign funds is enough of an incentive for Senate Democrats to stand idly by while a respected General is maligned before he has even presented his report to Congress, said Ensign of Nevada. [emphasis mine]

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said: “It’s repugnant, but unfortunately not surprising, to see launch this despicable ad campaign against General Petraeus."

Arizona Republican, Sen. John McCain, issued a statement calling the ad a "McCarthyite attack" and "despicable."

"This is a man who has devoted his life in service to our nation and has defended America in many battles over many years," said McCain, also a White House contender, calling on Democrats to join him in condemning the ad.

The only condemnation of this ad that I found somewhat disingenuous was that of Senator John McCain, since it is his wonderful legislation, McCain-Feingold, which MADE possible and powerful. Thanks Senator McCain and why aren’t you apologizing for your handiwork WHILE condemning the fruits of it!

What I do know is that the people at are despicable and seditious cowards, financed by a lunatic whose hatred of his adopted homeland seemingly knows no bounds. George Soros makes me ashamed to be of Hungarian ancestry!
UPDATE: Three Democrats, one of them expected and the other two garnering a modicum of unexpected respect from me, have unequivocally condemned the ad: Senator Joseph Lieberman condemned it almost immediately. But his disgust with the ad was echoed by both Senators John F. Kerry and "Rosary Joe" Biden! A shred of decency? You decide.

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