Sunday, September 23, 2007

Bush Ofended by MOVEON.ORG General Betraeus comment

First off we have a video from informing the nation that pulling out 30,000 troops next spring is just a reduction in troop levels to what they were before the surge-

It is because of the popularity of such videos by that Bush has used their ad on General Petraeus to have them publicly condemned since free speech is allowed in America only if you support Bush & his War in Iraq- The ad as such I think is rather mild & innocuous considering deadly catastrophe Iraq occupation has become-
It also upsets Bush that now has over three million members & yet he still calls it a far left fringe group even though over 60% of Americans disapprove of the War but lets not allow reality to upset Bush's well constructed fantasy world- Betrayul of Trust ad

Anyway the war & occupation in Iraq continues and the body count is now said to be as high as one million dead Iraqis - meanwhile billions of dollars of money funnelled to contractors in Iraq have gone missing while the mercenary organization Blackwater is in trouble for another incident in which they over-reacted & killed a number of Iraqi civilians & Blackwater has been accused of selling arms to terrorists groups & anti-American groups in Iraq & the Iaqi Government has tried to have the Blackwater mercenaries thrown out of Iraq and in the meantime the crisis of over two million Iraqi Refugees continue-but the most important issue for Bush & the Republicans & the Neocons is that of calling General Petraeus General Betraeus to the extent that the Senate passed a resolution condemning & we wonder if the next move is to outlaw & other groups critical of the Bush Regime-

I urge anyone who has not bought into the Bush Regime's Propaganda to visit to check it out & decide whether to support this important group -
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Senate Condemns "General Betray Us" Ad
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Thursday to condemn an advertisement by the liberal anti-war group that accused the top military commander in Iraq of betrayal.

The 72-25 vote condemned the full-page ad that appeared in The New York Times last week as Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Iraq, testified on Capitol Hill. The ad was headlined: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us? Cooking the books for the White House."

The ad became a life raft for the Republican party as the war debate kicked into high gear. With several Republicans opposed to President Bush's war strategy, GOP members were able to put aside their differences and rally around their disapproval of the ad.


But it appears that General Petraeus ' nickname of General Betraeus pre-dates the ad by a couple of years according to the website Democratic Underground.Com Didn't Invent BetrayUs- The Troops Did!


.....the origins of the nickname "Betrayus".

Many people are falsely assuming that "Betrayus" was a clever rhyme made up by for the New York Times ad. Which I think is a key assumption for this ad controversy to work for the republicans.

And that assumption is false. The nickname did not originate with

I clearly remember reading Petraeus's nickname on various military forums/comment threads over two years ago. I remember it so because I thought it was very clever and suitable nickname. In the past couple of months, I have also started seeing the nickname used on progressive blogs and comments.


Here's a comment from 2005:

FromBLACKFIVE: Generals of yesterday and today

I don't know GEN Petraeus personally...but when I was in the "Devil Brigade" folks called him "Colonel Betrayus". He came up with things like the "Devil button" (button your BDU collar up to the top when on jumps) and the "Devil grip" (special name for keeping your trigger finger out of the trigger well) which sounded hokey to most of the troops at the time.

Can any other All American paratroopers out there expand on my comment?

Posted by: TBone | November 19, 2005 at 10:52 AM


Update: Terre in the comments has a great find:

From the Times Online

Americans doubt ‘General Betraeus’ over troop surge (8/19/07):

AFTER being hailed as King David, the potential saviour of Iraq, the US commander General David Petraeus is facing a backlash in advance of his report to Congress in September on the progress of America’s troop surge.

Critics, including one recently retired general, are privately calling him "General Betraeus" on the grounds that he is too ambitious to deliver a balanced report on the war.

Lawrence Korb, a defence official under Ronald Reagan who is now at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank, said Petraeus was regarded as "the most political general since General (Douglas) Mac-Arthur", a reference to the second world war hero who was touted as a possible president.

and more at:

A must see Countdown Special Comment : The President of Hypocrisy
Keith Olbermann criticizes Bush for distracting the public by acting outraged by a ad refering to Gen. Petraeus as Gen. Betrayus

And here's the spokesman for on hardball defending the Petraeus ad:

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