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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