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16 May 2007  |     mail this article   |     print   |    |  VoteVets
Veterans speak out against Iraq war
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TAKING OUR MESSAGE TO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST On Tuesday evening, following the debate on FOX News, we'll be airing our ad with General Batiste, targeting Senator John McCain.

Why Senator McCain? No one in the Senate has been as vociferous a defender of the President's failed strategy in Iraq as Senator McCain. For whatever the reason, the wheels seem to have come off the 'Straight-Talk Express.' From bizarrely maintaining that an American can stroll through Baghdad unprotected to dangerously advocating more of the same, this isn't the same Senator McCain that people so respected years ago.

We're trying to give him a dose of reality - those who were commanders on the ground are saying we need to change course, so we can maintain a strong military and defend America. By putting those voices in front of his face, and in front of an audience he cares about, maybe he'll finally begin to put America's security above politics. He has a chance to rise to the occasion and be a true leader, if he wants to. It's time for Senator McCain to take off the blinders, and pay heed to the words of those who were commanders on the ground in Iraq. Help us keep it up. Donate here!

On the heels of the ad that rocked the political world, retired Major General Paul Eaton takes to the airwaves to say that the President doesn’t listen to his commanders on the ground. General Eaton should know whether the President really listens to his commanders on the ground, or not. General Eaton recently retired from the US Army after more than 33 years service. His most recent operational assignment was Commanding General of the command charged with reestablishing Iraqi Security Forces from 2003-2004, where he built the command and established the structure and infrastructure for the Iraqi Armed Forces. Keep this ad going! Donate here.

VoteVets.org Launches 'Generals' Ad Blitz
You wanted it, you got it! VoteVets.org is today launching a three-ad series featuring three retired generals, two of whom were George Bush's commanders on the ground. In the first ad, retired Major General John Batiste takes the President on, directly, when he says that he's just 'listening to commanders on the ground' in Iraq. Batiste should know if the President is listening or not, since he was one of those commanders!

Our ads are airing in states and districts of those Members of Congress who are very close to breaking with the President on Iraq, and joining the troops and American people. They are: Senators Susan Collins, John Sununu, John Warner, and Norm Coleman, and Representatives Mary Bono, Phil English, Randy Kuhl, Jim Walsh, Heather Wilson, Jo Ann Emerson, Tim Johnson, Mike Rogers, Fred Upton, and Mike Castle. Mentioning them by name at the end, the local spots will call on them to "Protect America, Not George Bush."

Next week, we’ll launch another ad with retired Major General Paul Eaton. And, after that, the campaign will wrap up with a powerful ad from former NATO Allied Supreme Commander, General Wesley Clark. Help keep our ads on the air. We’re trying to raise $100,000 to get these ads on nationally. Help us spread the word click here to donate. Our new ad featuring John Batiste was the most watched political video on YouTube... and the top rated video of the day, overall. The press is taking notice too. Here's just a sample of the hundreds of articles and TV reports on the ad. Keep our ad on the air, donate here

  • New ad aims at Bono, LATimes.com
  • New anti-war ads targeting Bush, Bono, KESQ-TV, Palm Springs, CA
  • Vets group targets Collins in new ad campaign, Kennebec Journal, Kennebec, ME
  • Vets speak out, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY
  • Kuhl targeted for support of Bush , Star-Gazette, Elmira, NY
  • Veterans Decry Iraq War, WHAM-TV, Rochester, NY
  • Local Vets Speak Out About War, WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI
  • Former commanders featured in new anti-war ads, WABC-TV, New York, NY
    Check out what people are saying about our new ad Major General John Batiste (ret) Talks to Keith Olbermann

    Tucker Carlson Discusses New VoteVets.org Ad

    VoteVets.org's Jon Soltz on Hardball

    VoteVets.org's Jon Soltz on MSNBC Dayside

    Jon Soltz on Countdown on Batiste Ad

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