See Think Progress on the ad campaign that will sell the surge. It is sponsored by Freedom Watch, a right-wing front group for the White House headed by former press secretary Ari Fleischer.
The privately-funded ad campaign will run in 20 states, featuring Iraq war vets and families of fallen soldiers arguing that the war should continue. The four ads produced so far by Fleischerâ€™s Freedomâ€™s Watch group contain little more than fear-mongering about an Iraq pullout. â€œThey attacked us and they will again. They wonâ€™t stop in Iraq,â€ one ad says. â€œIt will mean more attacks in America,â€ says another. Yet another ad warns, â€œWeâ€™ve already had one 9/11, we donâ€™t need another.â€
Likening himself to a battlefield general, Fleischer said, â€œFor people who believe in peace through strength, the cavalry is coming.â€
Let me know if you see ’em. I doubt they’ll bother running the ads in New York.
At Salon, Tim Grieve documents that the mainstream media persists in misquoting Democrats to make them seem supportive of the surge.
As we noted Monday, Sens. Carl Levin and John Warner have returned from Iraq to report that while the “surge” may be producing “measurable results” in reducing violence, they are “not optimistic” that the Iraq government will use its newfound “breathing space” to make the compromises “essential for a political solution in Iraq.”
In a follow-up press conference call with reporters, Levin made it clear that his was no glass-half-full assessment. “The purpose of the surge, by its own terms, was to … give the opportunity to the Iraqi leaders to reach some political settlements,” Levin said. “They have failed to do that. They have totally and utterly failed.”
Fox News’ headline on Levin’s report? Think Progress caught it: “Sens. Warner and Levin Travel to Iraq, Praise Surge Results.”
Read the rest of Grieve’s post to see similar treatment given to a statement by Senator Clinton.
But now the MSM has taken up the narrative that Democrats have conceded the surge is a military success, even though they haven’t. A headline in today’s Washington Post: “Democrats Refocus Message on Iraq After Military Gains.”
Today President Bush will be addressing members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and news reports say he plans to argue in favor of his Iraq War by comparing it to Vietnam. If you don’t already realize how stupid that is, Josh Marshall explains it for you.
And if you didn’t already know that the surge isn’t working, R.J. Eskow explains that for you, too.