calling names 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:

general betray us

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? can’t even argue for losing the war without resorting to losing tactics.

UPDATE: The Daily Standard has this: 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.


  1. What it boils down to is that the current political surrender monkeys are performing that dance made popular in the late 60’s & early 70’s. The Funkey Chicken, 2-step, save my high perk job shuffle!

  2. Putting aside the political motivation for this cowardly and baseless criticism of Petraeus, I’m enraged that they would smear the name of someone that has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt the quality of his character as a leader and the courage and skill he brings to his profession. If they have something specific to take issue with the man about (keeping in mind he hasn’t said anything official yet), that is one thing. But to decide, based on talk going around that his words won’t fit their agenda, and then attacking his good name is beyond low. I knew moveon was a muckraking, populist, emotional cauldron, but I didn’t know they were this pathetic and lacking in any semblance of honor.

  3. Their minds are already made up (as if we didn’t realize it) about what’s happening. I do not think that Emmerson has much worth saying but some people think he does so this quote is worth tossing around A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds

  4. Typical liberal:

    A U.S. citizen has confessed to using an axe to kill a Dutch student after failing to find a soldier to attack, his lawyer said Tuesday. The suspect, Carlos Hartmann, 41, of Tecumseh, Mich., has confessed to the Sept. 8 killing on a train platform in the southern city of Roosendaal, defence lawyer Peter Gremmen said. Gremmen said Hartmann wanted to punish the Netherlands for its support of the war in Iraq. Hartmann appeared before a judge Tuesday and was ordered held for another two weeks for investigation. ‘He hates soldiers, and says that the army kills people, so it would be legitimate if he were also to kill someone . . . from the American military – or from its NATO allies,’ Gremmen said in a telephone interview. When he failed to find a soldier at the Roosendaal train station, ‘he got such a crazy, disturbed idea that he killed a civilian,’ Gremmen said.

    I’m guessing the crowd will be doing the same thing as soon as they find where the left that pesky axe.

  5. I saw that story, Dfens. I usually only put up one post on 9/11, so I was saving the axe-wielding peacenik story for tomorrow. I’d be interested in learning what religious beliefs, if any, the suspect holds. Probably Amish or something (/sarcasm) if he’s religious.

  6. His religion is obvious. He’s a liberal. Yeah sure, sometimes they attend a church or mosque too, but they’re always liberals first.