September 10, 2007

The Petraeus Hearing

Here's the text of Petraeus' remarks, via RCP.

Hot Air has typically robust coverage of the events at the hearings, including video of those who were hauled out. (Think pink)

And it's MoveOn.org...doing the jobs that Americans won't do...that is, smearing Gen. Petraeus as a traitor ("Gen. Betray Us"...get it?....catchy, huh?) with a full-page ad in the New York Times. Check out reaction at PowerLine, and see Byron York at NRO, and Pete Hegseth at The Tank too. Here's a clip from Hegseth:

Let's be clear: MoveOn.org is suggesting that General Petraeus has 'betrayed' his country. This is disgusting. To attack as a traitor an American general commanding forces in war, because his ‘on the ground' experience does not align with MoveOn.org's political objectives, is utterly shameful. It shows contempt for America's military leadership, as well as for the troops who have confidence in him, as our fellow soldiers in Iraq certainly do.

General Petraeus has served this country for over 35 years with honor, distinction, and integrity. And this is not just about General Petraeus. After all, if General Petraeus is "cooking the books," then the entire military chain of command in Baghdad, and all the staff, military and civilian, who have been working with General Petraeus are complicit, since Petraeus did not write his report in isolation. They are all, apparently, 'betray[ing] us.'

MoveOn.org has been working closely with the Democratic congressional leadership - as an article in today's Sunday New York Times Magazine makes clear. And consider this comment by a Democratic senator from Friday's Politico: "'No one wants to call [Petraeus] a liar on national TV,' noted one Democratic senator, who spoke on the condition on anonymity. ‘The expectation is that the outside groups will do this for us.'

MoveOn.org has helped frame the core choice: Whom do we trust to run this war - MoveOn.org and its allies in Congress, or Gen. David Petraeus and his colleagues?

(emphasis mine)

So at least one Democratic Senator is on record that the nutroots group is saying what he thinks, but doesn't have the courage to say himself. Nuance.

Several Democratic leaders have expressed dismay at the MoveOn ad, but that's not the same thing as denouncing it. Democratic Senators especially, who voted unanimously to confirm Petraeus, should be asked if MoveOn.org speaks for them or not, as far as the integrity of Gen. Petraeus is concerned. Senator Lieberman is one of several people who have called on Democrats to denounce the ad.

Posted by dan at September 10, 2007 11:57 PM