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By Cliff Schecter - May 15

Last week Maj. General John Batiste made headlines for saying that George W. Bush refused to listen to him and other Generals on the ground in Iraq. Now he is calling out John McCain for protecting Bush:

As for McCain, the pro-Dem VoteVets group will air an ad tonight featuring retired Maj Gen. John Batiste, the former commander of the First Infantry Division and a tough critic of the Iraq war. "Senator McCain, protect America, not George Bush," says Batiste in the ad, to air on FOX after the debate. It's one thing when liberal attacks McCain on the war, but the Straight Talk folks could have a tougher time pushing back against a retired two-star.

Cross-posted at Cliff Schecter


Dayle Beach said:

Give the Iraqis all their oil and not allow foreign interests to have one drop of it. It is absolutely despicable that our troops should die for these Foreign thieves who are stealing Iraqi oil.

May 15, 2007 4:21 PM

Dayle Beach said:

Give the Iraqis all their oil and not allow foreign interests to have one drop of it. It is absolutely despicable that our troops should die for these Foreign thieves who are stealing Iraqi oil.

May 15, 2007 4:21 PM

Leonard Clark said:

Bloody John McCain, how can you be so blind? Your hands are crimson red with the blood of my fellow soldiers. They die every day and you know that eventually in the near future they are going to come out of Iraq. So, in effect my comrades will have died for nothing but the blood money and the votes that you feel you can get by saying that you and your buddy Bush were not wrong.
Shame on you! How can you do this? I know I'm pissing you off and guess what? I'm glad I'm pissing you off! I know about your goons that you have working on your campaign. I feel it an honor to know that they are turning over every stone to find whatever they can stick on me.

I would like to remind the readers that here in the state of Arizona we had a great investigative reporter who was murdered in broad daylight in sight of our state capital dome with a car bomb. We all know the real culprit never was brought to justice. But, one thing you should remember Johnny, we have not forgotten the circumstances of that brave reporter's death, in fact he is one of my all time heroes. He did not stop his search for the truth, and we will not either. If I should be taken out there are so many others out there who are not going to let you become the next George W. Bush (the tyrant and betrayer of the United States Constitution).

You may have been in the Congress and Senate for almost two decades but you sure as hell don't truly represent what our beautiful state of Arizona and this country stand for.

You, want to be the one who says "I stood firm" but your not the one who is standing firm because you do not have to live in the hell of the Iraq Occupation like my fellow American soldiers. They are played for suckers and are the only ones suffering on the behalf of the American public. They are the 1% of the American public who are being made to sacrifice their lives for you and your republican friends so you can say how tough you are. Just like Nixon and his sec of state the kiss of death Kissenger, you have already calculated that you will not announce your support for a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq until after they are actually withdrawn, then you will come out and say: "I criticized the way the Iraq war was conducted, if only they had listened to my advice." In effect, you will be able to look like you are critcizing Bush while blaming the Democrats at the same time for withdrawing from Iraq. Yep siree, you and your Corporate Military Industrial Complex buddies feel like you will be their man. But rest assured of one thing: We here in the state of Arizona, will not rest until your betrayal of Habeas Corpus, your surrender to Bush on the Military Commissions Act and your selling out of American soldiers lives to win votes is known by every citizen not only in our beautiful state of Arizona but in every state of this country. You are no saint, you are the Neville Chamberlain of the 21st century for the United States of America. You have not brought "Peace in our Time" but rather only "domestic Tyranny" to this country.

Leonard Clark
The Damned Liberal
Persian Gulf War / Iraq Occupation III Vet

May 15, 2007 6:40 PM

Basheert said:

I drove by his campaign headquarters and there are signs and Code Pink ... since I didn't realize where his office was, I didn't have a camera.
Do you live close to 16th St & Missouri? Could you nab some pictures so everyone can see that not everyone in Phoenix is an idiot that supports this jerk???

May 15, 2007 7:07 PM

Anonymous said:

Thanks Basheert for that question. Unfortunately, I'm not close to that site but, maybe I could find somebody who goes there that's been taking pictures so that we can get them posted. By the way, thanks for not buying the B.S. of Saint McCain, the only thing his "straight talk" will lead people to, is straight to hell.

Leonard Clark

May 15, 2007 7:20 PM

basheert said:

We are going up to the hospital Saturday so will swing by after our's not too far and hubs will take the pics.
I'll send you copies.
If the pink ladies aren't there, I'll go back on Monday and make a point of getting them.
McCain is, quite simply, the Idiot the Village Lost.

May 16, 2007 12:37 AM

codepink4peace said:

As one of the "pink ladies" of CodePINK, thanks for recognizing us and our hard work against John McCain. We are NOT going away, McCain, not until you are voted out of office. McCain for PRESIDENT???? Goddess save us all, even Hillary looks better than McCain, and that doesn't say much!

May 16, 2007 4:20 AM

Basheert said:

So is that a YES??? I am going by on Saturday and would love to say hi but wasn't sure your table would be set up!

May 16, 2007 5:06 PM

Leonard Clark said:

Basheert, thank you very much for the help in saving our Republic from Monarchist like Bloody John McCain.
By the way, Code Pink kicks ass!
Leonard Clark (The Damn Liberal)

Chair of the Bloody John McCain Recall Committee
Persian Gulf/ Iraq Occupation III vet

May 16, 2007 5:34 PM

Basheert said:

I never got that petition for us to sign!!!!

May 17, 2007 12:10 AM

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About Cliff Schecter

Cliff Schecter Cliff Schecter is a veteran campaign strategist and political commentator. Schecter is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and was a guest columnist for United Press International from 2002-2004. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Miami Herald, The American Prospect, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fordham Urban Law Journal, The Washington Monthly and He blogs at and writes a weekly satirical column each Friday called "Cliff's Corner," summarizing the week's most ridiculous events, for AMERICAblog. Surprisingly, Tom DeLay gets mentioned a lot.

During the 2004 election cycle, Schecter worked as the "liberal" pundit for The Sinclair Broadcast Group, where he debated conservative Armstrong Williams -- for significantly less cost to the White House. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR FoxNews and the Canadian Broadcast Channel. Recently, Schecter has been a regular contributor to MSNBC, where his debates against Republicans have become some of the most popular videos on YouTube, garnering as many as 125,000 viewings. Additionally, Schecter has provided analysis on American politics for international diplomats, journalists, students and politicians as part of The State Department Bureau of International Information Programs.

Schecter, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, holds an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and is receiving his Ph.D. in American History as a Dean's Honors Fellow at American University.

Schecter was a pollster for the successful reelection of President Bill Clinton in 1996 and fundraiser for former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner in 2001. He has also provided initial opposition research for the Ned Lamont campaign's unprecedented victory over sitting senator Joe Lieberman in the 2006 primary race in Connecticut, and has consulted for the DNC, DCCC and candidates he won't mention here because they lost.


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