Maha reports on a full-page ad which MoveOn.org ran in The New York Times today. Its sole purpose, I believe, was to send a bunch of right wing bloggers and politicians into cardiac arrest. It appears to have served its purpose well.
Be sure to read Maha’s report.
An image of the ad appears below. You may view a PDF file of it here.
The text of the ad reads:
General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts. In 2004, just before the election, he said there was â€œtangible progressâ€ in Iraq and that â€œIraqi leaders are stepping forward.â€ And last week Petraeus, the architect of the escalation of troops in Iraq, said, â€œWe say we have achieved progress, and we are obviously going to do everything we can to build on that progress.â€
Every independent report on the ground situation in Iraq shows that the surge strategy has failed. Yet the General claims a reduction in violence. Thatâ€™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 donâ€™t count. The Washington Post reported that assassinations only count if youâ€™re shot in the back of the head â€” 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 weâ€™ve been there. Weâ€™ll hear of neighborhoods where violence has decreased. But we wonâ€™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 wonâ€™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.