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"Policing political ads"

Five Florida Democrats were among 79 House Dems voting against a Republican-backed measure to condemn MoveOn.org's ad that referred to Gen. David Petraeus as "General Betray Us."

"Congress should not be in the business of policing political ads," said Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, who voted against the bill, which passed 341 to 79. "The priorities of Congress are ridiculously misplaced when we condemn an organization for a pun that some people found offensive, while previously failing to condemn vicious campaign ads against decorated veterans like Senator John Kerry and Senator Max Cleland."

He was joined by fellow Democratic Reps. Kendrick Meek of Miami, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, Alcee Hastings of Miramar and Corrine Brown of Jacksonville.

Republicans have been agitating against the ad for weeks; Wexler said it's an attempt to take the focus off the "reality in Iraq."

The Senate took a similar vote last week and both Florida senators, Republican Mel Martinez and Democrat Bill Nelson, voted to condemn the ad.


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Wexler called the general a liar on national television.Remember, Wexler voted for this war... a pre-emptive war which changed 240 years of U.S. policy. Then tried to get Turkey and other countries involved. Wexler has blood on his hands. Don't try and act like mr. peacenik now. He is as guilty as anyone who voted to send our children to war. Pathetic...


Those who voted for the war have a valid excuse - the intelligence they were shown by the Bush Administration was contrived, to say the least.
Actually, it was an amalgam of intentional lies.

The problem is that the Dems have decided not to hold the Bushies responsible, and that's what's reprehensible! The Bush Administration has held itself to be above the law, and the Constitution to them represents nothing but a a minor inconvenience. They have shredded it. Madison would roll over in his grave if he knew.

One thing that bothers me greatly is the vote to chastise Move-ON.org. Why was it deemed necessary by twenty two Democratic Senators to participate in this useless Republican tactic to abort free speech? Why was this even allowed to come to the floor for a vote?
If the situation was reversed, as it was in some comments in which Rush Limbaugh referred to "phoney soldiers" (those who opposed the war) last week and to a Democrat Senator as "Senator Betray Us" when Limbaugh invented the term way before the Move-On ad and he did so with impunity. Where was the Senatorial outrage for that?

If I correctly read the list of Senators who voted in favor of this abomination along with the most vicious of the rubber stamp Republicans, Bill Nelson voted for this. Reprehensible!

As it turns out, Petraeus did betray us and our troops in Iraq in his testamony by repeating almost verbatim Bush's twisted agenda, and it is not the first time he did so.
"in the weeks before the midterm congressional elections, Petraeus took to the op-ed pages of the Washington Post to make sure the voters didn't vote wrong.
Despite appearances, he claimed the war in Iraq was going very well: "I see tangible progress. Iraqi security elements are being rebuilt from the ground up," Petraeus wrote. "The institutions that oversee them are being re-established from the top down. And Iraqi leaders are stepping forward, leading their country and their security forces courageously. ... There has been progress in the effort to enable Iraqis to shoulder more of the load for their own security, something they are keen to do."-http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/62398/
Petraeus was chosen by Bush because of Petraeus's political aspirations and the fact that Bush knew he would get the support of Petraeus to support the Bush agenda.

Petraeus's superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), asserted that Petraeus was a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March.
"Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be "an ass-kissing little chickenshit" and added, "I hate people like that", the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior."
It seems that Fallon was right on the money as Petraeus obviously went over Fallon's head to kiss Bush's ass.

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