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ADVERTISING: The Movement To Save The War

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Ad Wars Heat Up Ahead of ‘Surge’ Report

Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to begin testifying on Capitol Hill about the troop surge strategy on Sept. 11, exactly six years since the attacks in New York and Washington. Several anti- and pro-war- groups are spending money this month to mold public opinion ahead of Petraeus’ comments, and the broader debate on the future of the war.

The latest pro-war campaign rolls out today. Freedom’s Watch is a non-profit group “dedicated to educating individuals about and advancing public policies that protect America’s interests at home anddisney_war.gif abroad, foster economic prosperity, and strengthen families,” according to the group’s Web site. President Bush’s first White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer, is the group’s spokesman. He tells The Post that the group will spend $15 million on a month-long TV, radio, and grassroots campaign.

One anti-war group running ads, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, states in a release:

“The White House-tied group Freedom’s Watch is targeting the same Republicans who are under extraordinary pressure from their constituents to abandon Bush’s failed war policy.”

Among the Republicans targeted are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sen. Norm Coleman.

The new Freedom’s Watch ads are testimonials from Iraq war veterans, victims’ family members, and the mother of a Marine killed in Iraq. They end by urging viewers to call the group’s toll-free number to be connected to their member of Congress.

“We’ve already had one 9/11, we don’t need another,” a tearful Vicki Strong says at the end of her ad (see below). Strong’s son Marine Sgt. Jesse Strong was killed in Iraq the week before Iraq’s elections in 2005. The ad with Iraq war veteran John Kriesel end with him saying, “It’s no time for politics.” But these ads are designed to do just that — influence how politicians react to the surge report, and how they decide the future of the war.

WASHINGTON POST: Iraq Is A Nice War, That Helps People

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How do you conflate 9/11 with Iraq when historical fact – and even the president of the United States – says otherwise? You find an Iraq War widow who lost an uncle on 9/11. Problem solved.

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2 Responses to “ADVERTISING: The Movement To Save The War”

  1. Phawker » Blog Archive » WAR PIGS: Ari Fleischer Is An Ignorant Slut Says:

    […] See here for the backstory. Ex-White House snake oil salesman spokesman Ari Fleischer, fresh off his immunity-from-prosecution deal in the Valerie Plame investigation*, is on Hardball to hype the Save The War ad campaign being rolled out in 20 states by Freedom’s Watch. (“For people who believe in peace through strength, the cavalry is coming.”) The Hardball guest-host cues up one of the ads featuring a double amputee Iraq vet who asserts, more or less, that if we pull out now he will have lost legs in vain. When it’s over the host asks Fleischer for the vet’s name. Fleischer gets that deer-in-a-headlight look for a nanosecond then says simply, “I don’t have his name in front of me.” He doesn’t know his name? This vet’s story was singled out — of the literally hundreds of thousands of life stories that have been dramatically impacted by the war — as one of the THE FOUR MOST EMBLEMATIC stories of the war and why we must continue to fight it — and Ari Fleischer goes on national television and doesn’t even know the guy’s name? How fucking cynical can you be? You get this right-wing welfare gig shilling for a White House front group in a last gasp Swift Boat maneuver to Save The War profiteering — and you can’t even be bothered to do your homework? Do you even believe what you are saying? At long last sir, have you decency whatsoever? If you were here right now, we’d wipe the hot dog right off your face. […]

  2. Phawker » Blog Archive » THAT’S COMCASTIC!: Spectacor Sports Baron Ed Snider Is Funding The Movement To Save The War Says:

    […] So in looking into this so-called Freedom’s Watch, we came across this donor’s list on The Politico, which had a name on it that caught our eye: “The donors include Sembler; Anthony Gioia, a Buffalo businessman who was Bush’s ambassador to Malta; Kevin Moley, who was Bush’s ambassador to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva; Howard Leach, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman who was Bush’s ambassador to France; Dr. John Templeton of Pennsylvania, chairman and president of the John Templeton Foundation; Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor, the huge Philadelphia sports and entertainment firm; Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and ranked by Forbes magazine as the third-wealthiest American; and Richard Fox, who is chairman of the Jewish Policy Center and was Pennsylvania State Chairman of the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1980.” […]

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