[Vision2020] Retired Generals on TV to Criticize Iraq War

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue May 8 19:20:10 PDT 2007

>From today's (May 8, 2007) Roundup Edition of the Army Times at
www.ArmyTimes.com -


Retired generals on TV to criticize Iraq war

By Jim Kuhnhenn - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday May 8, 2007 18:23:15 EDT

WASHINGTON - Two retired Army major generals with experience in Iraq will
appear in television commercials critical of President George W. Bush's
handling of the war. The ads, to begin airing Wednesday, take aim at key
Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Financed by VoteVets.org, the $500,000 in ads will feature retired Major
Generals John Batiste and Paul Eaton, both of whom have criticized civilian
leaders of the U.S. Defense Department in the past. Batiste commanded the
1st U.S. Infantry Division in Iraq, and Eaton oversaw training of the Iraqi
military from 2003 to 2004.

The commercials are timed to coincide with congressional debate over the
withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

The media markets chosen by VoteVets are designed to pressure Republican
Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John Sununu of New Hampshire, John Warner of
Virginia and Norm Coleman of Minnesota, all of whom are up for re-election
next year. The ads also will run in the congressional districts of
Republican Reps. Mary Bono of California, Phil English of Pennsylvania,
Randy Kuhl and James Walsh of New York, Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, Tim
Johnson of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan and Michael Castle of Delaware.

The ads represent the first time former military commanders in Iraq have
appeared in commercials to criticize the conduct of the war, now in its
fifth year.


Seeya round town, Moscow.

Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho


"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism"

- Thomas Jefferson


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