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September 9, 2007

Playing The Victim

-- by Dave Johnson

One of the right's core propaganda tactics is portraying themselves as victims. Today's example has The Weekly Standard saying MoveOn.org is calling General Pertaeus a "traitor." MoveOn.org Calls Petraeus a Traitor begins,

Tomorrow--as General David Petraeus provides his Iraq assessment to Congress--the antiwar group MoveOn.org is running a full-page advertisement in the New York Times under 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.

How silly can you get? No one is calling Petraeus a traitor here. But the cult wingnuts will just eat it up, of course.

But the strategic purpose is to marginalize MoveOn.org, and thereby try to make Democratic party leaders afraid to accept their support. The article is written by the Executive Director of the Republican Party front-group Vets for Freedom.

Morning update - The right's echo chamber is picking up the drumbeat, with one site actually calling for an American civil war against the left:

Wake Up America:

WE CAN NOT CONTINUE TO GO ON ALLOWING OUR NATION TO BE RIPPED APART BY THOSE WHO WISH TO DESTROY US NOT ONLY FROM THE OUTSIDE BUT FROM WITHIN AS WELL.

Is it going to take an escalation of things into violence, again, within this nation for us to unite AS a nation? Let me warn you of this, those of you who are BUCKING for a second "Civil War" in the United States: the MINUTE lines are draw and ranks are formed for us to do battle against one another, do you HONESTLY THINK that the rest of the world is going to stand idly by and let us duke it out amongst ourselves may the best side win? HELL NO! Russia and China are watching this with baited breath, mark my words. The Taliban and al-Queda are CHEERING us on to continue to pull apart internally. Our ALLIES are watching us to see what happens. And we have MoveOn.org planning to run this add calling the top general in Iraq a traitor because they don't like the war.

Right Wing News:
It's really shameful that the Left is trying to do this to a decent, talented general, whose only crime is winning a war that the Democrats are heavily politically invested in losing.
Blue Crab Blvd:
If any Democrat thinks they have a shield because MoveOn did it - not them - it is time to disabuse them of that notion. The disgusting, sleazy level of slime that MoveOn has reached here is beyond contempt.

Posted by Dave Johnson at September 9, 2007 9:39 PM

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I'm probably in agreement with most of your political views. However, you're not being truthful here. Fact is, by making the pun that Patraeus rhymes with "Betray Us", the MoveOn.org ad is implying that Patraeus is a traitor.

Which is fine. I think Patraeus is a traitor, and I helped pay for that ad. Moreover, the ad supports the idea that Patreus is dishonest and in league with the white house. So, trying to suggests that the ad's headline actually doesn't mean what it says is a non-starter, and will only detract from your credibility.

Rather, the main point is that Patraeus is the latest in a long line of Bush sycophants whose job is to enable one of the worst criminal enterprises ever, the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Criticizing him is not the same as not supporting the troops -- he is only one troop after all, and is acting against the interests of vast majority of the troops, the US people, and the Constitution. For that reason, his testimony is not credible. That's the point of the ad.

Posted by: paulpsd7 [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2007 4:47 PM

The "betrayal" here is coordinating with the conservative movement machine and repeating their propaganda -instead- of using honest facts. He is doing this to support the Republican agenda of extending this war even though Bush's stated goal of the surge is unmet -- there is NO political progress.

The facts clearly show a different story than the one he is telling here. He is giving an exclusive interview with Fox news, for example.

This makes him a dishonest and complicit idiot, but not a traitor.

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2007 5:17 PM

This makes him a dishonest and complicit idiot, but not a traitor.

That would depend on what he's being dishonest, complicit and idiotic about. If it's about something like, the top brass' favorite flavor of ice cream, then I suppose he wouldn't be a traitor for his dishonesty. However, he's lying his ass off about an unnecessary war that has killed perhaps a million people, was designed to consolidate control of the world's oil resources in a small group of hands, and involved the slow deterioration of the US republic into something more resembling an authoritarian dictatorship (although currently a nascent one).

In other words, Bush and his war, which Patraeus is enabling with his testimony, constitute one of the gravest threats this country has faced since WW2. Therefore, with his dishonesty, Patraeus is a traitor.

Which is what the ad says. By backing away from this claim with your tail between your legs, you're letting the republicans drive the narrative. Oooooh, look, the Dems said Patraeus is a traitor. Then you respond, Oh no, the republicans are getting angry, we'd better come up with a narrative to prove that they're wrong.

Fact is, Patraeus is a traitor. So are Bush, Cheney, and every other American who understands their agenda and still supports it. Say it loud. Say it often. And keep saying it into Bush and Cheney are sharing Milosovik's old cell in The Hague.

Posted by: paulpsd7 [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2007 5:35 PM

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