Former Commanders Criticizing President Bush Through TV Ads

By: A.J. Hilton Email
By: A.J. Hilton Email

The commercial of Former General Batiste criticizing President Bush's handle on the Iraq war started airing on Wednesday, due in part to an an organization called vote-vets.

Thursday, three veterans, all members of vote-vets, who all served in Iraq or Afghanistan, finished a six-state tour targeting President Bush and lawmakers supporting his plan.

"Congressman Rogers...when he says, 'I support the President,' what he's saying is I don't support America," said Lt. Col. Andrew Horne. " I don't support what's best for the troops because the commands on the ground told him what needed to be done. He disregarded it."

Representative Rogers was in Washington D.C., and unavailable for a phone interview, but responded in a written statement.

"I've been working to take politics out of this debate and focus on making an honest assessment so do what's right to get our troops home as soon as possible. This ad is a shallow partisan attack that offers not one solution and does not bring one soldier home," Rogers wrote.

Other veterans like the Quartermaster of the Lansing VFW agree with Rogers.

"This hurts the troops, absolutely," said Robert Weiss. "When the Congress and these people sit out and say President George Bush is doing this wrong...they're basically saying, the leadership and the pentagon is incompetent."

Brandon Friedman served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He says morale overseas is low, and a good way to boost it is to get leadership to stop supporting the war.

"Hopefully Congressman Rogers will understand that enabling President Bush to continue these destructive policies has is really doing bad things to the military," said Friedman.

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  • by Vicki Lawson Location: Waxahachie, Texas on May 11, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    I am not a veteran, but I can image how they feel. They have a president who does not care about them. He is asking them to risk their lives for a war that Cheney and Bush fabricated for their own self serving purposes. I am sorry this has happened to you and your families. There has to be consequences for such actions. Both Cheny and Bush should be impeached and then sent to the Hague to be tried as war criminals.
  • by SPC. Woody Location: Holt on May 10, 2007 at 05:51 PM
    The truth hurts! Bush and Rogers need to deal with it, and stop sending us who wear the uniform into a civil war. We have no purpose there but to be a target and bust terrorist recruting.
  • by Charles J. Richards/ Member, BCPCommission. Location: Quincy MI on May 10, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    I hope that LTC Horne is not commenting and using the 1st Div. as his former command. It is an insult, even though we have freedom of speech. I would like to confirm that this is the Officer who is making these comments and if he is the former 1st Inf. Div.
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