HT to Hugh Hewitt.
Hugh read this email on his show tonight. Quite interesting, wouldn't you say?
HUGH: MoveOn PAC has sent an e-mail in anticipation of the president's address. I read it on the air & many listeners responded by using the MoveOn.org website to send letters to their local papers supporting the president, the mission & the troops. Heh.
Dear MoveOn member,
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET, President Bush will speak to the nation about the war in Iraq in a televised address. Despite the car bombs & rising attacks, he's expected to offer no new policy, in fact, he's expected to say that we're making progress, that everything is going just fine.
Over the last week, we asked you to vote on whether we should work together in a major campaign to get Democrats & Republicans in Congress on board with a responsible exit plan. As of this morning, hundreds of thousands have voted & the results are clear: more than 83 percent said you were in. Together, we're ready to tell our leaders that it's time to come home.
One good first step is letters to the editor. Bush's speech tonight will be one of the major "tipping point" moments since the war began & we can help make sure that no one buys his "stay the course" rhetoric. Politicians will be watching the letter-to-the-editor pages closely & newspapers are likely to print letters on what will be the major story of the week. If we're able to push back hard enough, we can build a drumbeat for a real exit plan.
We've set up an online tool that makes submitting a letter easy. Tonight, you can watch President Bush's speech & then immediately go online & write a letter to the editor by clicking below. (We'll update our suggestion for the best thing to write about 30 minutes after his speech ends.)
You might've noticed that Republicans like Karl Rove, White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett & Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have tried to distract the country from Bush's disastrous Iraq policy by attacking MoveOn by name on TV. Rove was trying to put Democrats & MoveOn on the defensive, painting us as weak on security. But it didn't work, we held strong, & with your help we can make sure that the attack backfires. Lying about MoveOn can't solve Bush's problem, that he has no plan for Iraq.
And there's broad public support for a real plan. Two-thirds of the public say they'd support elected leaders who stand up to President Bush & insist on a real plan to get out of Iraq. That makes sense: without an exit plan with a timeline, we'll be stuck in Iraq for years & years, exacerbating the problems there. As General John Abizaid, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command said last week testifying in front of the Senate, "too much of a footprint in the region creates more resistance." But, believe it or not, Bush & Rumsfeld reject the very suggestion of a timeline. Rumsfeld said on Sunday we could be in Iraq another 10 years. But their voices are the only ones being heard right now. That's why we all need to get a well-reasoned argument for an exit strategy with a timeline out there.
Please take just a couple of minutes to write your letter to the editor today.
Today's letters to the editor are just the beginning. We're also starting national television advertising & running an ad in The New York Times that carry this message: "It's time to come home. We went in the wrong way, let's come home the right way." With your help, we'll keep that going & expand the push into the cities where it'll make the most difference. More on how to help do that tomorrow.
Public opinion has turned on President Bush's reckless war policy, but most leaders in Washington still aren't speaking out. That's why our work together is so important. Together, we can show the way toward a responsible exit plan and a more peaceful and secure world.
Thank you for all you do,
–Tom, Jennifer, Justin, Micayla & the MoveOn PAC Team
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
P.S. Here are the points you can make in your letter or when you're talking to friends, family & colleagues.
It's time to start responsibly coming home from Iraq.
Iraq is no closer to stability than it was a year ago. Things keep getting worse every week. More than 1,700 Americans have been killed & more than 12,000 wounded. The U.S. occupation is fueling a growing insurgency. Our presence is exacerbating the problem. There are tens of thousands of insurgents backed by hundreds of thousands of supporters. We got into this war based on lies, the wrong way. It's time to get out the right way. The first step is to realize that the Bush policy is out of touch with reality. We need a real exit plan with a real timeline providing real accountability for our leaders. We need to turn control of the training of Iraqi forces & the rebuilding of Iraq to the international community. And we must renounce permanent military bases in Iraq because that angers the Iraqi people.
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When I finished laughing hysterically, which took quite some time, I focused on the most blatant lies & mistakes made in this form letter. Here's what I came up with. (These aren't in any particular order.)
1) John Abizaid isn't commander of Southern Command. He's commander of Central Command or CentCom. To an anti-war idiot, though, they're all look the same.
2) Doesn't it seem just a wee bit strange that they're suggesting criticisms of the President's speech before they knew what he'd said? I'll title this as 'Ted Kennedy Syndrome' because facts & information mean nothing when you're in the mood for a good, illogical rant.
3) MoveOn said "Bush's speech tonight will be one of the major "tipping point" moments since the war began & we can help make sure that no one buys his "stay the course" rhetoric."
Isn't it worth asking these pacifistic idiots why they'd cut & run? Is it because they're intent on destroying our credibility in the world by not keeping our word or is it because we'd rather send terrorists the message that we're cowards by pulling out when the going got tough? Inquiring minds want to know.
4) MoveOn said "Rove was trying to put Democrats & MoveOn on the defensive, painting us as weak on security. But it didn't work, we held strong, & with your help we can make sure that the attack backfires. Lying about MoveOn can't solve Bush's problem, that he has no plan for Iraq."
Shouldn't we ask what lies Rove told about MoveOn.org? Everything that he said about MoveOn.org is documented &, in fact, I've posted their comments that Mr. Rove spoke about.
As for holding strong, is it wise to "hold strong" while looking like pacifists? Is it wise to stick with policies that the nation rejected with a resounding thud? In MoveOn's world, I guess it is.
5) MoveOn said: "But, believe it or not, Bush & Rumsfeld reject the very suggestion of a timeline. Rumsfeld said on Sunday we could be in Iraq another 10 years. But their voices are the only ones being heard right now. That's why we all need to get a well-reasoned argument for an exit strategy with a timeline out there."
Do they really understand what putting together a timeline means? Apparently not because we'd be telegraphing to the insurgents & foreign terrorists our strategy. Apparently not because we'd be telling the brave Iraqi people that cutting & running is more important than doing the job right. Apparently not because they don't understand, even in the slightest bit, that military stragegies are based on accomplishing a set of goals, not on what's most convenient.