Moveon.org takes the high road in anticipation of today’s report to Congress on the progress in Iraq by taking out this full-page ad in the New York Times:
Click for .pdf of a readable version.
Regardless of what you think of their position, here’s what defines it:
Most importantly, General Petraeus will not admit what everyone knows: Iraq is mired in an unwinnable religious civil war.
Their minds are already made up (as if we didn’t realize it) about what’s happening. Like Senator Harry Reid, they’ve decided not to listen to any good news because they already know better than some dumb general.
Doesn’t calling names lose? Moveon.org can’t even argue for losing the war without resorting to losing tactics.
UPDATE: The Daily Standard has this:
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.’
Via Glenn Reynolds, who writes:
Nice to know these folks have the courage of their convictions. . . .
Something else to consider about the brave Senator’s position: Petraeus was confirmed by the US Senate with an 81-0 vote. The “surge” plan was already announced and moving forward by the time of the vote, so they can’t even say that they didn’t know Petraeus was going to send more troops to Iraq.
We’ve got all of these Senators who voted for authorization to invade Iraq who say Bush was wrong for doing so. Now they’re saying Petraeus is incompetent at best and a liar at worst even though they confirmed him with nary a single dissenting vote.