Friday, September 14, 2007

MoveOn steps it up

After its now-famous "Betray Us" ad appeared in the New York Times, endured savage, sustained criticism from the Right Wing Outrage Machine.

Fox "News" and its crew of miscreants denounced the ad as, among other things, an example of the coarsening of our political dialogue. You know, because they're always so classy over there at Fox "News."

Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution condemning MoveOn.

And on the campaign trail, presidential candidate John McCain even called for the group to be expelled from the United States.

So, how is MoveOn responding to the controversy? By ramping it up.

Not only is the group continuing to call the administration out for misleading the American people on progress in Iraq, it is sticking with the "betrayal" theme. The target now is the Commander Guy himself.

"Before the surge, George Bush had 130,000 troops stuck in Iraq.

Americans had elected a new Congress to bring them home. Instead, Bush sent 30,000 more troops.

Now he's making a big deal about you guessed it...pulling out 30,000.

So, next year, there will still be 130,000 troops stuck in Iraq.

George Bush. A Betrayal of Trust."

The RWOM echo chamber will scream themselves hoarse about the use of the word "betrayal," but there is no arguing with the facts. Bush is misleading people about the withdrawal of a small number of "surge" troops from the occupation. They were scheduled to rotate out anyway, and the president is only pretending that it has anything to do with "progress" in Iraq.

Bush is counting on a lazy, compliant news media to help him play this shell game with the troops. MoveOn is fighting back with the truth. That's how you win. You never stop fighting.