VoteVets' second television ad (0:30) in a series features General Paul Eaton, US Army (retired). General Eaton's last operational assignment was Commanding General of the command charged with re-establishing Iraqi Security Forces from 2003-2004, where he built the command and established the structure and infrastructure for the Iraqi Armed Forces.
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The Vets are talking back to the President just as it should be -- through their Generals -- and Republican apologists are mighty unhappy about this, especially when the hypocrisy is pointed out at the alter -- aired on Fox News after Tuesday night's debate.
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.
Watch the Vote Vets.org ad featuring Major General John Batiste that aired on Fox News after the debate (more on General Batiste after the jump).
General Batiste was fired from CBS Television for "advocacy" as a result of his speaking truth to power through the VoteVets advertisement. There's a petition here to have CBS rehire him. Don't let the MSM punish Bush critics:
CBS says they fired Major General Batiste because he engaged in advocacy--but they're holding him to a different standard than their other consultants.
For example, former White House communications director Nicolle Wallace is a consultant to CBS and consistently uses her position to push White House talking points. (3) It was even reported that she was advising the McCain campaign, yet CBS did nothing when she appeared as a consultant on their network to promote his candidacy. (4)
Plus, the Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon also appeared on CBS as a consultant while advocating in favor of President Bush's escalation plan. (5)
CBS is sending a message that you can't be a consultant to their network if you're critical of President Bush and the Iraq war. That's political censorship and CBS needs to hear groundswell of outrage from concerned viewers right away.
More: David Mixner
In light of all that's going on in Iraq today, it's encouraging to see career military men and life-long Republicans stand up to President Bush and an indecisive Congress.
More: Think Progress
This is the third different explanation CBS has offered for canceling Batiste's contract, and like the others, it is not a satisfactory explanation given the record. Batiste was fired for appearing in a VoteVets ad that did not advocate the election or defeat of any candidate. VoteVets itself is a non-partisan organization.
More: (see video below) Keith Olbermann comments, and interviews Major General Batiste (aired on MSNBC May 10, 2007 - transcript).
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Batiste: "Keith, I'm in a very unique position. I have a platform upon which I can speak. I'm no longer wearing the uniform of our country. I have no ties to the defense industry. I can speak honestly; I have a duty to do so."
Batiste salutes the outstanding work being done by our military in Iraq, and correctly places the blame for the debacle in Iraq not on our fighting men and women in uniform, but on the failed leadership of the administration.
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