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Don't let Gen. Petraeus convince Congress to keep the war going!
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From: Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 12:27 PM
Subject: General Petraeus and the Truth


Dear MoveOn member,

Yesterday, General David Petraeus misled the country.

He used faulty statistics and cherry-picked intelligence to argue that American troops should stay
in Iraq for the foreseeable future. The general said we're making major progress1and we have to
stay the course. Sadly, independent assessments show that things in Iraq have gone from bad to worse
(see below for more on how Petraeus stretched the truth).

Some of you have emailed to say it reminds you of the day four and a half years ago when
President Bush sent General Colin Powell to the U.N. to make a trumped-up case for war.


Powell's WMDs helped justify the invasion of Iraq, and Petraeus' version of "progress"if it
goes unchallengedwill justify keeping troops there for years. Can you take a few minutes to
write a letter-to-the editor reminding folks that the "surge" didn't workand that the
responsible thing to do is bring our troops home?

Letter to the Editor: Don't let Gen. Petraeus convince Congress to keep the war going. Enter zip code first.

Petraeus based much of his assessment on the claim that violence in Iraq is dropping. 2

That just isn't true:

Petraeus is using "funny math." According to the Washington Post, Petraeus and the Pentagon are
using a bizarre formula for measuring violence in the country. For example, deaths by car bombs
don't count.3 And assassinations count only if you're shot in the back of the headnot in the front.4

Iraqis believe the surge has failed. According to a massive new ABC/BBC poll, every single
Iraqi polled in Baghdad, the primary target of the "surge," said it had made security worse.
Iraqis themselves overwhelmingly think the situation in Iraq is deteriorating, in terms of
security, political cooperation, the economy, and other measures. Overall, 70% think the
escalation worsened rather than improved security conditions. 5

The independent GAO report found that violence is up. A comprehensive Government Accountability
Office report ordered by Congress found that "average number of daily attacks against civilians
have remained unchanged from February to July 2007."6 In August, things got worse, with civilian
casualties rising according to the Associated Press7 and the Los Angeles Times.8

For our troops, it's the bloodiest summer yet.
More U.S. troops died every month this year compared to the same month last year.9

Petraeus claimed that he compiled his report without conferring with the White House.
But the Washington Post recently reported that Petraeus or his staff joined daily conference
calls with the White House and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie this summer to "map out ways
of selling the surge." The Post reported that Gillespie's White House political unit was
"hard-wired" to Petraeus' military unit.10

We would all like to see life improving in Iraq. But it's notit's getting worse.
And if US forces stay in Iraq both Americans and Iraqis will pay a terrible price.

Today is the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history. The wounds of 9/11
are still fresh for many of us. After 9/11, President Bush used fear, lies and trumped-up
intelligence to stampede us into Iraq. Now, America is bogged down in an unwinnable civil war,
and Al Qaeda has regained enough strength to once again menace the United States.11

It would be a tragic irony if, six years later, the administration used skewed intelligence
to head off the growing momentum for an exit strategy from Iraq.

Please write a letter reminding America and Congress not to fall, ever again,
for White House lies we need a timeline to bring our troops home.

Letter to the Editor: Don't let Gen. Petraeus convince Congress to keep the war going. Enter zip code first.

Thanks for all that you do,

Nita, Karin, Laura, Eli, and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

P.S. Yesterday, MoveOn members sponsored an ad in the New York Times debunking Petraeus' claims.

Click here to see the adand the evidence to back it up:
http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html?id=11221-2919065-kk...

The ad stirred a controversy on Capitol Hillit accuses Petraeus of "cooking the books."
And it charges that Petraeus is betraying the American peoples' trust by spinning the facts
to support the White House. Some Democrats were uncomfortable with such strong language,
and Republicans attacked MoveOn.

We're sure if we'd run an ad debunking Colin Powell's testimony in 2003, they would
have done the same thing but sometimes it's important to set the facts straight.


SOURCES
1. Washington Post, "Petraeus Backs Initial Pullout," 9/11/07
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2958&id=11221-2919065-kkHvDD&... 2. Ibid.
3. New York Times, "Time to Take a Stand," 9/7/07
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2941&id=11221-2919065-kkHvDD&...
4. Washington Post, "Experts Doubt Drop in Violence in Iraq," 9/6/07
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2938&id=11221-2919065-kkHvDD&...
5. ABC News, "Iraqis' Own Surge Assessment," 9/10/07
http://abcnews.go.com/US/Story?id=3571504
6. Washington Post, "Experts Doubt Drop in Violence in Iraq," 9/6/07
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2938&id=11221-2919065-kkHvDD&...
7. Associated Press, "1,809 Iraqi civilians killed in August," 9/1/07
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20543737 /
8. Los Angeles Times, "Iraqi civilian deaths climb again," 9/1/07
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2956&id=11221-2919065-kkHvDD&...
9. http://www.iCasualties.org
10. Washington Post, "Among Top Officials, 'Surge' Has Sparked Dissent, Infighting," 9/9/07
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2957&id=11221-2919065-kkHvDD&...
11. Washington Post, "Scarier than Bin Laden," 9/9/07
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2959&id=11221-2919065-kkHvDD&...


PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, http://pol.moveon.org /
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.


Please write a letter to your editor!
Thanks! ;)

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