In the NYT. Why? Because it was an instance, fewer in number these days, of an honest statement penetrating through the bullshit. Which is why everyone is mad about it. The link to it is Here. Notice how this grass roots effort isn't being looked at as innovative and edgy, like something that the right should imitate, although it pretty much uses the same strategy as the 'netroots' leading up to the 2004 election. Now it's a national disgrace, according to Republicans, with Senator Cornyn promising to introduce a resolution condemning the ad. The actual text of it isn't anything particularly inflammatory. Here's the entire text of the ad. It's short and sweet.
"General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts. In 2004, just before the election, he said there was “tangible progress” in Iraq and that “Iraqi leaders are stepping forward.” And last week Petraeus, the architect of the escalation of troops in Iraq, said, “We say we have achieved progress, and we are obviously going to do everything we can to build on that progress.”
Every independent report on the ground situation in Iraq shows that the surge strategy has failed. Yet the General claims a reduction in violence. That’s because, according to the New York Times, the Pentagon has adopted a bizarre formula for keeping tabs on violence. For example, deaths by car bombs don’t count. The Washington Post reported that assassinations only count if you’re shot in the back of the head — not the front. According to the Associated Press, there have been more civilian deaths and more American soldier deaths in the past three months than in any other summer we’ve been there. We’ll hear of neighborhoods where violence has decreased. But we won’t hear that those neighborhoods have been ethnically cleansed.
Most importantly, General Petraeus will not admit what everyone knows: Iraq is mired in an unwinnable religious civil war. We may hear of a plan to withdraw a few thousand American troops. But we won’t hear what Americans are desperate to hear: a timetable for withdrawing all our troops. General Petraeus has actually said American troops will need to stay in Iraq for as long as ten years.
Today, before Congress and before the American people, General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray Us. "
John McCain said yesterday that MoveOn "ought to be thrown out of this country.", just google McCain and MoveOn to get documentation for that because of the ad. Here's a Washington Post link documenting it.
Now, if you've just read the text of the ad above you may find it a little odd that John McCain is suggesting that MoveOn be thrown out of the country because of it. What he's really objecting to, and showing his true colors over, isn't the fact that MoveOn made the ad but that MoveOn sucessfully placed the ad in the New York Times. It's all well and good when people talk about these things on blogs, but if you get the message out through the medium of the top newspaper in the country, the one that elites read, you get told to get out of the country by one Senator and have another one introduce a resolution condemning your act. Even Bush said after the hearings that while he accepts criticism of the war he doesn't accept criticism of a general, as if MoveOn said that Petraeus steals puppies from kids and bites off their heads in front of them. Instead, MoveOn just said what everybody knows, that the Iraq report that Petraeus presented was politicized and presents a distorted picture of what's going on in Iraq.
The talk about impugning the 'character' of a General is such bullshit that it ranks right up there with the masturbatory talk about 'gravitas' on Bush's part, something that I'm convinced only happened because the pundits liked the sound of the word and thought that using a Latin word made them look smart. Come on. GOP circles talked about Clinton personally committing murder in Arkansas, as well as saying that he raped women. But General Petraeus......how dare you say that he wrote a politicized document!
Again, MoveOn is to be commended for doing this, they managed to get something positive through the mutual blow job fest that normally typifies the mass media, particularly television media, in this country.