Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DNC Ad uses lies, soldiers under fire

Howard "The Scream" Dean and the DNC have created a major smear campaign targeting John McCain's Iraq policy. To be honest, I expected lies, but this clearly crossed all lines of decency and integrity. The video is disturbing and violent, see for yourself here.

First, the selective memory. They quote McCain as being "fine with 100 years" in Iraq, a claim refuted by nonpartisan Factcheck, and other reliable parties. Here's what the AP said over *two months* ago:

The Democrats leave out a vital caveat. When McCain was asked about Bush's theory that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for 50 years, the senator said: "Maybe 100. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, it's fine with me, and I hope it would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaida is training, recruiting, equipping and motivating people every single day."

A troop presence that does not involve Americans being harmed is, by definition, not a war.

This is like snipping a movie review which said "definitely not THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR!" So already we have violated high school newspaper level ethics.

But even MORE disturbing is the use of images of American soldiers being blown up - on screen - and the implication that McCain endorses or perpetuates this. The Republican National Committee is calling shenanigans on the ad which "features 'an IED blowing up near US soldiers,' an image ABC confirms that was used in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

The disturbing images in question are, according to ABC News, stock footage which Uber-jerk Michael Moore saw fit to use in his R-rated movie - obviously NOT suitable for a commercial which may be seen by children, military families with loved ones in Iraq, and thinking citizens who deserve better.

PLEASE take a moment to speak out against this ad. Contact the FCC, your local cable provider or local stations and demand that they not subject American audiences to violent lies.

UPDATE 4:30pm PDT !! has a petition to sign in protest of the DNC's distortions.  The ads will be shown on (big surprise) CNN and MSNBC, please click to complain!


Thanks to Matt at Blogs 4 McCain and Hot Air for backup sources.

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