Over in Iraq, in troubled Ambar Province, a major turning point in the war occurred when the local citizenry turned on the al-Qaeda insurgents. Al-Qaeda simply went too far. They crossed a line and the Iraqi's could no longer tolerate their behavior.
I believe we Democrats have just about reached that point with the outrageous behavior of MoveOn.org. It is one thing to disagree with both the Invasion and the Occupation of Iraq. It is one thing the disagree with the policies and the actions of President Bush and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Condeleeza Rice. It is not wrong to look for a new path and for new leaders.
It's quite another to level stupid, childish, overly cute yet underhanded and slanderous attacks on General Petraeus and all those who are fighting at great personal risk to solve the terrible crisis in Iraq. Today's ad in the New York Times by the pond scum of MoveOn is beyond the pale. This ad makes me physically ill.
"General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" reads the full-page ad, which cost the liberal group MoveOn.org approximately $65,000 and ran in section A of today's New York Times.
The ad accuses the general of "Cooking the Books for the White House" and asserts "General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts," citing optimistic statements the general has made about Iraq in the past.
White House spokesman Tony Snow called it "a boorish, childish, unworthy attack" and called on members of Congress to condemn the ad."
Combined with other "over the top" paid media attacks on real leaders like Washington Representative Richard Baird, I feel it's time for move-on to "move on."
Even Democrat leaders in Congress see this ad as "counterproductive." ABC NEWS reported, "A Democratic leadership aide on Capitol Hill told ABC News that the ad was "not helpful" because it allowed Republicans to refocus attention from "what's happening on the ground in Iraq and the fact that everyone, even Gen. Petraeus, agrees that political progress is lacking."
I'm forced to completely agree with the outrage on the Republican side of the aisle.
Arizona Sen. John McCain calling the ad a "McCarthyite attack on an American patriot. … No matter where you stand on the war, we should all agree on the character and decency of this exceptional American."
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, wrote on the National Review blog "The Corner," that "(l)ike the men he commands, (Petraeus) is risking his life to protect our freedoms here at home. We should not prejudge him or his testimony, or give him anything less than the full respect he deserves.
Outside a South Carolina barbecue joint Monday afternoon, former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., called the ad "outrageous" and said, "MoveOn.org has today, in effect, said that the General leading our brave troops in Iraq is betraying his country. This is the group that funds the Democratic Party. all upon the Democratic Party and all of the Democratic candidates for President to repudiate the libel of this patriotic American."
Democrats in Congress were forced into a corner by this lame brained move. Instead of being on the offensive and proposing meaningful alternatives to the President's surge, they were instead peppered by the press over the Move-On ad.
And, in failing to condemn the ad, they gave the story even more life. The ad became a lose-lose situation for spokespersons like Harry Reid.
I believe Move-On has really gone too far. They have outlived their usefulness. I certainly cannot and will not support their boorish tactics.