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MoveOn.org Removes 'General Betray Us' Ad From Website
In a classic example of liberal hypocrisy, the far-left leaning, George Soros-funded group MoveOn.org has removed its controversial "General Betray Us" ad from its website.
For those that have forgotten, shortly after General David Petraeus issued his report to Congress in September 2007 concerning the condition of the war in Iraq and the success of that March's troop surge, MoveOn placed a full-page ad in the New York Times with the headline, "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"
This created quite a firestorm with media outlets on both sides of the aisle circling the wagons to either defend or berate both the Times and MoveOn.
Now that President Obama has appointed Petraeus to replace the outgoing Gen. Stanley McChrystal to lead the war effort in Afghanistan, the folks on the far-left that castigated Petraeus when he worked for George W. Bush have to sing a different tune.
With that in mind, the ad, which has been at MoveOn's website for years, was unceremoniously removed on Wednesday as reported by our friends at Weasel Zippers:
It was there the last time Google cache took a screen shot of it (June 18th), so it was scrubbed sometime between then and today. If you try the link now (pol.moveon.org...) it goes to MoveOn's default page.
I guess MoveOn couldn't possibly bash this General now that he's working for Obama.
To give readers an idea of the firestorm this created at the time, here are some NewsBusters articles published after this ad hit:
CBS and NBC Morning Shows Ignore Dem Embarrassment Over MoveOn Ad
Parroting MoveOn, Matthews Accuses Bush of 'Betrayal'
Keith Olbermann Coined General ‘Betray Us’ Not MoveOn
Senator Hatch Lashes Out at MoveOn and ‘Nutroots’
MRC's Bozell Slams NYT's MoveOn.org 'Betray Us' Ad Discount
NYT Shares Plunge While It Deeply Discounts MoveOn's Ad Space
NYT-MoveOn.org's 'Petraeus -- Betray Us' Ad Cited NYT's Own Reporting Wrongly
NYT Rejected Advocacy Ads Like MoveOn’s From Conservative Groups
How Will Media Report Senate Vote Condemning MoveOn’s ‘Betray Us’ Ad?
Michael Kinsley Defends MoveOn’s ‘Betray Us’ Ad
Senate Condemnation of MoveOn’s ‘Betray Us’ Ad Receives Mixed Coverage
NYT's Public Editor Says Paper Made Mistake Running MoveOn’s ‘Betray Us’ Ad
Russert Lets Hillary Off Hook Concerning MoveOn’s ‘Betray Us’ Ad
New York Times Admits Discount Rate for Moveon.Org (Blogosphere Roundup)
NYT Confesses: Mistake to Grant MoveOn.org Deep Discount
With Petraeus now part of the Obama administration, it's going to be fascinating watching all of the media members and outlets that supported MoveOn's ad now backtrack and gush over the General they once despised.
A military source close to Gen. David Petraeus told Fox News that one of the first things the general will do when he takes over in Afghanistan is to modify the rules of engagement to make it easier for U.S. troops to engage in combat with the enemy, though a Petraeus spokesman pushed back on the claim.
Troops on the ground and some military commanders have said the strict rules -- aimed at preventing civilian casualties -- have effectively forced the troops to fight with one hand tied behind their backs.
The military source who has talked with Petraeus said the general will make those changes. Other sources were not so sure, but said they wouldn't be surprised to see that happen once Petraeus takes command.
Originally posted by DINSTAAR
reply to post by mnemeth1
The problem with Republicans and their sympathizers is that they believe in a Republican Party with a history of scaling back government. The only time they ever talk about scaling back government is when they are not in power.
Conservatism, as people know it on the Right, does not exist and should not.
Originally posted by kinda kurious
Seriously OP, is that all you do is troll neocon websites like Hot Air-Michelle Malkin, NewsBusters-Brent Bozell, Brietbart,Newsmax and Drudge et al and then bring their blatant smear jobs here to ATS?
Thanks for continuing to lower the Standards of ATS. Beck and Lindbaugh will be proud.
One trick pony.
[edit on 25-6-2010 by kinda kurious]
[edit on 25-6-2010 by kinda kurious]
Responsible Republicans ought to stand up and admit that the world is more complicated that the “government bad, private sector good” mentality suggests. It won’t be easy. Mr. Barton has already drawn support from such party darlings as Minnesota’s Rep. Michele Bachmann and talk show host Rush Limbaugh. They think Mr. Barton did good.
Typically conservatism was defined as being a strict constitutionalist because it means to "conserve" the original intent of the constitution.
That kind of conservatism is desperately needed these days.
Of course, I agree with Spooner's arguments. Its just a lot easier to use the Constitution as a tool to bash government.
If we ever reached true constitutional government, the last step would be fairly easy. At least that's my belief.