Listen... this is a load of f*cking b*llshit.
And so is this.
First of all, the idea that George Bush would refer to an ad which questions the integrity of a military officer as "disgusting," after running two dirty campaigns against two distinguished former members of the armed forces (Kerry and McCain), is just the height of sickening irony.
Furthermore, Bush has expressly used Petreus as a proxy for his own policies, using the General as a political human shield. If the Bush Administration can disrespect boldly, and even arrest, people like Cindy Sheehan, whose own son died fighting for Bush's illegal war, they lose the right to moral outrage. In fact, they invite and deserve the sort of skepticism that MoveOn.org dishes out.
What the hell does a political ad have to do with the war in Iraq? F*ck-all, that's what. Which is exactly why the Republicans are thrilled to be talking about it.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.