September 17, 2007

Time MoveOn.org moved on

“Politically neutral blog … to disseminate knowledge of, highlight threats to, explore opportunities for … serve as a platform of …” recognize the words? Ladies and gentleman a dilemma ensues, for how is it tenable to post about that left wing, self-serving, U.S. public policy body MovOn.org within the columns of a purportedly politically neutral platform? More exactly, can we divorce this organisation from Democratic Party1 politics? The short answer is no. Yet, by virtue of its production, and however incongruous this may seem, this post is aimed squarely at the shameful antics of an organization which, through its recent New York Times ad, questioned whether it was General Petraeus or General betray us! To suggest that the exploit, was morally and politically outrageous is a glaring understatement for it was tantamount to accusing a decorated 4-star veteran and, in some way, a leader within a great nation state, of treason.

How disappointing for anti war interests, that Petraeus cast doubt on the notion that Iraq was lost, that security and stability was “in large measure”, being addressed, that Iran was cited as a serious threat to stability through its support of Shiite Militias, insurgent groups and Hezbollah; the anti war side incessantly claim that the Iran connection is a myth. Even though and rather astutely, the Generals bottom line was considered and evenhanded citing that “innumerable challenges lie ahead’ and that “violence of an ethnic and sectarian nature remains “troubling”. For those interested, the complete address can be viewed here: Iraq commander Petraeus report to Congress.

For the most part, however this post is not about the report itself, nor is it meant to attack elements of American affairs of state and politics. In my previous post, I alluded to goings-on within the U.S. that detract from the nation’s neglected pursuit of international respect being “in part, proportional to America’s own respect for its leaders”. Would I be incorrect to suggest that an Army General in charge of the entire Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I), and oversees all U.S. forces in the Iraq, be deemed a leader of sorts? The disparaging attack on the General does not merely discredit the organisation, but the entire nation, at a time when America can ill afford it. MoveOn peddles in hatred and lies, these are not the American qualities we have come to admire and whilst the obvious discussion point has been, “did the ad help the pro-war or anti-war side? I would ask how does it serve America in the context of international respect?

1. This is the organisation responsible for raising millions for Democratic candidates and formed with the purpose of getting the nation to move on following the Lewinsky affair and Clinton impeachment process.

Comments always appreciated...

20 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

youre right on target..it was beneath contempt~!

lisa said...

great article.Petreaus/betray us (had good chuckle with that one)

Goat said...

American politics must look like a wild ride from overseas for sure and it is but look where this wild ride has taken us. Believe me this has been one of the wildest in a long time.
As Don and I have been discussing the media particularly in the blogoshere, are two entirely different animals on the left and the right. On the right our top two are Michelle Malkin and Free Republic and the left Kos and Huffpo, Heritage.org on the right Moveon.org on the left. We discuss and develope ideas, they scream and cuss and the whiney child always gets more attention.

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Ottavio!

I think that the ad hurt the Dems in the short run. Even hard core lefties have backed away from it, or at some of refused to criticize it.

It's a low point in Democratic politics, but it's hard to be surprised any more.

Donald Douglas said...

"Or at least some of them refused to criticize it," I meant to say.

Have a great week, Ottavio!

heidianne jackson said...

unfortunately, i'm not sure it helped either side. it has, in the short run, raised the ire of some of us on the right. it has, possibly, embarassed some of those on the left. it has, once again, exampled to the rest of the world that we have a bunch of insolent little children in our house. it has, once again, exampled to the rest of the world that the grown ups are not in charge in our house.

the only way it could [possibly] hurt the "anti-war" side would be for the anti-surrender group to speak out on more than just the internet. the only people, marginally, speaking out in condmenation of this act are the people on fnc.

and they keep hedging their statements in an [apparent] attempt to mitigate the anger of the left. that needs to stop and stop now. either it was wrong or it was explainable somehow.

if it was wrong, and i believe it was, it must be denounced by those who have a microphone with which to be heard. who in the msm will join with us to speak against this attrocity.

American Interests said...

WomanHThyself: I thought you would agree, thanks.

Lisa: Welcome Lisa, I appreciate the visit.

goat: "the whiney child always gets the attention". You know, MoveOns ad was so remarkable that there may have been some method to the madness. Think attention grabbing. Also given the response from the Dems do you think it exposed the difference between the party's base views and those of the party establishment?

Donald: I think the ad ensured that America does not leave Iraq prematurely. The slur on the General meant that they (Dems) felt an obligation to advance some respect toward the General in advance of questioning. This made it a tad harder for them to dispute his arguement that the surge was working.

heidiJackson: Thanks for the comments! I would like to see those who sit in the middle (no far left or far right inclinations) speak out in condemnation. As it was clearly wrong.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with pressure groups and bodies attacking there ideological (and political) opposites, but doing so as MoveOn did, is self defeating and definately NOT a good look!

Debbie said...

No the ad didn't help anyone in America. The divisiveness we are experiencing hurts us from within and also on the world stage. We've had differences before, but when Al Gore lost the election and then Kerry lost, I think some on the Left snapped. They haven't been the same since and they have not put America first.

American Interests said...

Debbie: Thanks, let's hope they don't stoop any lower.

WomanHonorThyself said...

good mornin my friend...have a beautiful day~!...and yes once again:
The disparaging attack on the General does not merely discredit the organisation, but the entire nation, at a time when America can ill afford it.
Amen!

Flag Gazer said...

Great analysis on this - it does hurt us all as a nation...

American Interests said...

Flag gazer: Glad you agree and thanks for coming by.

DD2 said...

Super job on this blog otto.
I'm glad i found your blog, I'' be sure to return often

American Interests said...

dd2: Thanks, I found yours of interest too.

Robert said...

I just found you too, and will be sure to drop in daily. Looks good!

American Interests said...

Robert: Welcome, I endeavour to post once maybe twice weekly, depending on time constraints and thanks for your link to mine from your recent post.

Incognito said...

Divisiveness always hurts, in the long run. It weakens. Only in Unity can we prevail.

Good stuff Otto.

American Interests said...

incog: Appreciate your input, thanks for coming around.

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American Interests said...

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