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General Eaton: President Bush Didn't Listen

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.

Click on the "play" button in the lower left-hand corner to play the video.

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).

Click on the "play" button in the lower left-corner to play the video.

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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Comments (6)

Steve Crickmore:

Does he ever listen? This is Bush's big problem. be'Newsweek'on Katrina but it could just as well serve for Iraq.

It's a standing joke among the president's top aides: who gets to deliver the bad news? Warm and hearty in public, Bush can be cold and snappish in private, and aides sometimes cringe before the displeasure of the president of the United States, or, as he is known in West Wing jargon, POTUS.

This from a president who trusts his gut feelings and didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites.."I thought they were all Muslims". According to David Frum, who was his speech writer for many year 'axis of evil', the most surprising thing about Bush (to him) was that he hardly ask's any questions either. Great!

P. Bunyan:

I've previously pointed out how childish it is to say "President Bush Didn't Listen" but I've come to expect childish posts here on Wiz-blue so I won't bother repeating myself.

I will, however, point out that this post was already debunked yesterday.

The fact is that the President did listen to and do what Eaton suggested. Now Eaton is singing a different toon. What a shock.

No debunking there... did you even read the page you linked to, Mr. Bunyan?

The page you linked to talks about statements Eaton made last year while Eaton's last operational command was in 2003 and 2004 and it is that time period, when he was in uniform, that he is referring to -- the time he was in the military and advising the President, not since his retirement, you idiot.

Don't come around here and try your Wizbang link-and-run tactics to smear the good General.

The only "toon" is the cartoon comedy put forth by the conservative blog-smear as they attempt to spin this in their direction. It doesn't work -- keep your three dollar bill flim-flam BS on the red side of the aisle, please.

civil behavior:


Spot on.

Civil, I'm just amazed at how readily some folks swallow the religious right's "liar's kool-aid" and then proselytize to the rest of us.

And the underlying dishonesty of right wing bloggers is amazing -- have they no integrity whatsoever? They preach to the choir with phony sermons that are swallowed without question, and they then send them out to spread these lies and misconceptions.

I'd like to give the bloggers the benefit of the doubt and say that they've just been hoodwinked, but I think it's deeper then that - I think they know they are stretching the truth, and they somehow feel that it's justified.

civil behavior:


None of these cons have a shred of ethics or integrity left in their body, not one. Hypocrisy is endemic.

No matter how brilliant, factual and logical any analysis, they are unable to do much to differentiate between their ideology and the actual circumstances thus limiting their ability to critique their own thought processes.

Many are our very own American fundamentalists who leave little room for discussion. Debate about anything outside the christian militaristic model is unacceptable, wedge issues play a prominent role in keeping that faction in tow.

It's an intriguing study in human psychology with many well written books and the American right is a textbook case. The intrigue is probably what brings us back time and again to try and combat the dsyfunction. Personally, I am trying to move toward more beneficial avenues using my energy to free us from this yoke of despair. Futility just seems to be so wasteful anymore.


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