Just in case you have been dead for the last week and a half, the state of political events in America has taken a major turn for the worse. The morning of General Petraeus’ testimony about the affairs in Iraq (arguably one of the most important events this year), the hard left political activist group MoveOn.org ran a full page ad in the New York Times with this heading:
The subheading of the ad read, “Cooking the Books for the White House.”
Now I want to make one thing specifically clear before we get on to the point here. I happen to know and am friends with several great people who would consider themselves Democrats. These friends are intelligent, rational people, and I believe make their political decisions quite thoughtfully. I believe strongly that there are many many people in this country just like them. Our only difference is that I disagree with them on their conclusions. I want to make it clear that when I am speaking about ‘the Left,’ I am not talking about these people. When I am talking about the left I am speaking of the Democratic leaders in congress and the radical fringe groups that think they (and do) control them.
MoveOn.org is one of those groups. The insinuation that General Petraeus would betray his country and lie about the situation in Iraq (for who knows what reason) is off the charts despicable. MoveOn wasn’t the only group to show their true colors that day:
That was Code Pink. Here’s some audio talking about the NYT ridiculously hyperbolic appraisal of the situation claiming that, prosecution would be too “authoritarian” in response to people who “Just want to be heard.”
I know what you are thinking, “But these groups don’t represent all Democrats.” You may be right about Code Pink – but this is not the case with MoveOn.org that backs many candidates with big money donations. And then there’s this:
Texas Senator John Cornyn created an amendment to a current bill that is a simple sense of the Senate to condemn the MoveOn.org ad, which essentially called General David Petraeus a traitor. After some attempts to dance around the amendment it finally was voted on.
Here is what the amendment said:
SEC. 1070. SENSE OF SENATE ON GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS.
(a) Findings.–The Senate makes the following findings:
(1) The Senate unanimously confirmed General David H. Petraeus as Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, by a vote of 81-0 on January 26, 2007.
(2) General Petraeus graduated first in his class at the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
(3) General Petraeus earned Masters of Public Administration and Doctoral degrees in international relations from Princeton University.
(4) General Petraeus has served multiple combat tours in Iraq, including command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during combat operations throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which tours included both major combat operations and subsequent stability and support operations.
(5) General Petraeus supervised the development and crafting of the United States Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual based in large measure on his combat experience in Iraq, scholarly study, and other professional experiences.
(6) General Petraeus has taken a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
(7) During his 35-year career, General Petraeus has amassed a distinguished and unvarnished record of military service to the United States as recognized by his receipt of a Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Superior Service Medals, four Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and other awards and medals.
(8) A recent attack through a full-page advertisement in the New York Times by the liberal activist group, Moveon.org, impugns the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces.
(b) Sense of Senate.–It is the sense of the Senate–
(1) to reaffirm its support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, including General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq;
(2) to strongly condemn any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces; and
(3) to specifically repudiate the unwarranted personal attack on General Petraeus by the liberal activist group Moveon.org.
Thankfully – the amendment passed. The vote was 72-25. But here are the Democrats that refused to denounce MoveOn’s bottom-feeder kindergarten attack:
Akaka, Bingaman, Boxer, Brown, Byrd, Clinton, Dodd, Durbin, Feingold, Harkin, Inouye, Kennedy, Kerry, Lautenberg, Levin, Menendez, Murray, Reed, Reid, Rockefeller, Sanders, Schumer, Stabenow, Whitehouse, Wyden
Obama showed up to vote, but as soon as he saw what it was for, he wussed out and bailed. Apparently – this issue was too difficult for him to make a decision on. And yet he’s running for President of the United States. Here are his ‘reasons.’
Hillary flat out sided with the radicals.
Mitt Romeny basically sums it all up:
“Hillary Clinton had a choice. She could stand with our troop commander in Iraq, or she could stand with the libelous left wing of her party. She chose the latter. The idea that she would be a credible commander-in-chief of our armed forces requires the willing suspension of disbelief.”
Ed Morrissey put is this way:
“MoveOn has the right to free speech. Congress has the responsibility to defend the honor of the man they unanimously endorsed for the difficult task of bringing security to Iraq. Almost half of the Democratic caucus would rather participate in a smear campaign against the commander than stand up to MoveOn. It’s a pathetic, embarrassing, and ultimately revealing moment.”
And here is Giuliani’s take:
The point here is that the Democrats in congress have been hijacked by the far left and now must play by their rules. It’s a sad day when they have the audacity not to condemn a group calling a man who is risking his life to try and help something good come out of this war, a liar. Gutter politics indeed!