This Needs Action!

Just in case steam appears to be coming through your monitor, that’s just me being so angry it’s a wonder my keyboard isn’t melting!

From an email I received this morning from Military Families Voices of Victory:

New York Times (who else?)

September 9, 2007

Can Lobbyists Stop the War?

By MICHAEL CROWLEY

One weekday morning in mid-July, perhaps two dozen liberal organizers gathered around a conference table in an office building on Washington’s K Street. Their mission: American withdrawal from Iraq. In one sense, the location was unlikely; K Street is a symbolic address, like Madison Avenue or Fleet Street, in this case representing the capital’s thriving industry of trade associations and corporate lobbyists. Yet this was a group of mostly young progressives (present day term for socialist; ed.) drawing meager salaries who had no ties to corporate America. Still, the venue was not inappropriate. Those arranged around the table represented the new face of the antiwar movement — now one of Washington’s most vigorous single-issue lobbies. (emphasis mine)

The purpose of the meeting was the daily conference call conducted by Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, a coalition of activists, policy outfits and labor unions brought together this year by MoveOn.org, the 3.4-million-member-strong liberal (read socialist/communist; ed.) advocacy group, which was convinced that Democrats on Capitol Hill needed help to end the war. By the end of this month, Americans Against Escalation will have spent $12 million on a combination of grass-roots organizing, polling and television advertisements in order to get the United States out of Iraq. (emphasis mine)

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The playbook for opposing a war has changed markedly since the street-protest ethos of the anti-Vietnam movement. Tie-dyed shirts and flowers have been replaced by oxfords and BlackBerries. Politicians are as likely to be lobbied politely as berated. And instead of a freewheeling circus managed from college campuses and coffee houses, the new antiwar movement is a multimillion-dollar operation run by media-savvy professionals. “They are to the left what the N.R.A. is to the right,” says a Democratic strategist with close ties to the party’s congressional leadership. “They’re very effective in turning up the volume and demanding a response.”

Matzzie put it this way to me: “Last time [it] was done in the streets. People were concerned about civil society breaking down. You have to play in politics, which is something we do very explicitly.”

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With Boyd’s blessing, Matzzie convinced a large team of liberal activists to join Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, a new antiwar coalition that would, in his words, require “the sort of effort that goes into a presidential campaign.” The result is a kind of vast left-wing conspiracy. Matzzie convinced the Service Employees International Union to contribute its organizing power. Policy heft was provided by two liberal research firms: John Podesta’s Center for American Progress and the National Security Network. The antiwar veterans group VoteVets.org offered public surrogates with moral authority. Other member organizations like Campaign for America’s Future, Americans United for Change and a pre-existing coalition called Win Without War brought influence with the progressive grass roots. Two public relations firms provided media savvy. Matzzie also hired the prominent Democratic pollsters, Stan Greenberg and his daughter Anna. Financing came mainly from the coffers of MoveOn, with support from S.E.I.U. and individual donors whose identities Matzzie will not disclose. (The group’s name was meant to rebrand the surge as an “escalation,” although Matzzie admits that, months later, the moniker has “become a point of confusion.”)

Read the whole article here. America and what it stands for is under attack, not only from Islamofascists but from the so-called Progressives/Socialists/self-declared Communists right here at home.

And that’s not all. More from Military Families Voices of Victory:

MoveOn.org is going to take out a full-page ad in tomorrow’s NYT slandering one of our country’s finest men.

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MFVOV http://www.mfvov.com

Statement on our blog.

This concerns an ad campaign that is explained also on the Weekly Standard .

Military Families Voice of Victory denounces the media campaign by Moveon.org insinuating that General Petraeus has betrayed his country. Moveon is going to run a full page ad in the New York Times on the day that General Petraous testifies before Congress titled, “General Petraeus or General Betray us? Cooking the books for the White House”. (emphasis mine)

We urge members of Congress to break any ties with an organization that would question the integrity, honesty, or service of General Petraeus solely on partisan politics. We also urge anyone with prior Military service to denounce the organization Moveon.org due to this outlandish charge by no longer financially contributing to their political coffer.

General Petraeus has a long history of outstanding service to our country serving under both Democrat and Republican leadership. General Petraeus , as all of our troops, has sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States not to defend slander by a partisan group such as moveon.org.

Please fax your representatives!!!!

UPDATE: 

Vets For Freedom 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Adriel Domenech
Monday, September 10, 2007  

MoveOn.org says ‘General Petraeus is a traitor’:
Do Democrats in Congress agree?

Veterans call on MoveOn.org allies in Congress to denounce anti-Petraeus ad


Washington, D.C. (September 10th 2007) – Pete Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom and Iraq War veteran, issued the following statement.

“Today – as General David Petraeus provides his Iraq assessment to Congress – the anti-war group, MoveOn.org, is running a full – page advertisement in the New York Times with the headline: General Petraeus or General Betray us? Cooking the books for the White House.

“Let’s be clear: MoveOn.org is suggesting that General Petraeus has ‘betrayed’ his country. This is disgusting. To attack as a traitor an American general commanding forces in war, because his ‘on the ground’ experience does not align with MoveOn.org’s political objectives, is utterly shameful. It shows contempt for America’s military leadership, as well as for the troops who have confidence in him, as our fellow soldiers in Iraq certainly do.

“General Petraeus has served this country for over 35 years with honor, distinction, and integrity. And this is not just about General Petraeus. After all, if General Petraeus is “cooking the books,” then the entire military chain of command in Baghdad, and all the staff, military and civilian, who have been working with General Petraeus are complicit, since Petraeus did not write his report in isolation. They are all, apparently, ‘betray[ing] us.’

“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.’

“So, veterans who served in Iraq ask the Democratic leaders in Congress: Does MoveOn.org speak for you? Do you agree with MoveOn.org? Or do you repudiate this despicable charge?

“MoveOn.org has helped frame the core choice: Whom do we trust to run this war – MoveOn.org and its allies in Congress, or Gen. David Petraeus and his colleagues?”

Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowledge to issues of American strategy and tactics – namely “the surge” in Iraq. For more information, please visit www.vetsforfreedom.org.

For more information or to schedule interviews with Pete Hegseth or our other veterans please contact Adriel Domenech at adriel@vetsforfreedom.org.

 

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September 10, 2007. Anti-Military, Politics, Troop Support.

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