From: Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action\
Sent: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 14:34:44 -0400\
Subject: General Petraeus and the Truth
Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday, General David Petraeus misled the country.
He used faulty statistics and cherry-picked intelligence to argue that American troops should stay in Iraq for the foreseeable future. The general said we’re making major progress — and we have to stay the course. Sadly, independent assessments show that things in Iraq have gone from bad to worse.
Some of you have emailed to say it reminds you of the day four and a half years ago when President Bush sent General Colin Powell to the U.N. to make a trumped-up case for war.
Powell’s WMDs helped justify the invasion of Iraq, and Petraeus’ version of “progress” — if it goes unchallenged — will justify keeping troops there for years. Can you take a few minutes to write a letter-to-the editor reminding folks that the “surge” didn’t work — and that the responsible thing to do is bring our troops home?
Today is the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history. The wounds of 9/11 are still fresh for many of us. After 9/11, President Bush used fear, lies and trumped-up intelligence to stampede us into Iraq. Now, America is bogged down in an unwinnable civil war, and Al Qaeda has regained enough strength to once again menace the United States.
It would be a tragic irony if, six years later, the administration used skewed intelligence to head off the growing momentum for an exit strategy from Iraq.
Please write a letter reminding America and Congress not to fall, ever again, for White House lies — we need a timeline to bring our troops home.
Thanks for all that you do,
— Nita, Karin, Laura, Eli, and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team, Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
P.S. Yesterday, MoveOn members sponsored an ad in the New York Times debunking Petraeus’ claims.
The ad stirred a controversy on Capitol Hill — it accuses Petraeus of “cooking the books.” And it charges that Petraeus is betraying the American peoples’ trust by spinning the facts to support the White House. Some Democrats were uncomfortable with such strong language, and Republicans attacked MoveOn.
We’re sure if we’d run an ad debunking Colin Powell’s testimony in 2003, they would have done the same thing — but sometimes it’s important to set the facts straight.
— David Eldridge, managing editor, WashingtonTimes.com