Friday, July 25, 2008

Great Vote Vets Ad

By: Harry Waisbren

I'm a huge fan of the work vote vets does as they are extremely hard hitting in pointing out the Republican party's contempt for our soldiers. Their hypocrisy over dissent equating to a lack of support of the troops is monumental and should render their credibility non-existant in a sane world.

Their new ad points out how the Republicans ignoring the wishes of the democratically elected Iraqi government betrays the notion that our troops' role in Iraq was really one involving "freeing" the Iraqis:

Iraqi veteran and Vote Vets Chairman Jon Soltz discussed this ad at the Huffington Post today and wrote:
John McCain sure is a maverick, I'll give him that.

In just a week, he's managed to alienate the Iraqi Prime Minister, the Iraqi people, the American people, and the veterans community. The question is, is this the kind of maverick that we really want to see?

First, just after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki backed Barack Obama's plan for a timeline to redeploy from Iraq, Senator McCain stubbornly said that he
would not listen to the Iraqis
, despite past statements saying he would. This, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Iraqis want us to set some kind of timeline, that the American people want some kind of timeline, and that the Bush administration even had to cave on timelines.

In response, we at launched this ad, featuring Iraq War Veteran Brandon Woods. In the ad, Brandon makes clear - we fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and freedom means the Iraqi's sovereign government and the Iraqi people have the right to self-determination.

I, for one, can't wait to see how McCain will respond when he can no longer exploit the troops to endorse his imperialistic aspirations. Considering President Bush is already shilling for him by pretending he actively worked for the new GI Bill when, in reality, he was its prime opponent, I will venture to say that this might just get ugly.

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