All is well
Don't mind my operators, they'll only shoot
if you eye fuck me, got that?
Veterans Take To TV To Build Iraq War Support
(AP) St. Paul As images of smoke pouring from the World Trade Center flash by, Lt. Col. Bob Stephenson boils down the Iraq war to a battle to squash the al-Qaida terrorist network.
"You'd never know it from the news reports," Stephenson says firmly. "But our enemy in Iraq is al-Qaida, the same terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans on 9-11, the same terrorists from the first World Trade Center bombing, the USS Cole, Madrid, London and many more."
Stephenson, a Marine reservist from Woodbury, Minn. who spent five months in Iraq, delivered his message as part of a television ad that debuted Thursday in Minnesota. The 60-second spot aims to shore up support for the war by touting accomplishments, such as recent Iraqi elections.
It also mirrors President Bush's campaign to define the war as essential to national security, and ends with another soldier asking, "Where do you want to fight terrorists? We want to fight them and destroy them in Iraq."
The ad was paid for by the conservative Progress for America Voter Fund, which will air it on network and cable stations in Minnesota over the next week. The Washington-based interest group wouldn't reveal the amount it spent, but spokesman Stuart Roy said the average television viewer should see it 10 times -- a hefty number as ad rotation goes.
For now, Minnesota viewers are the sole target audience. Roy said the group hasn't decided whether to reach into other states.
Stephenson, who was stationed at the Camp Kalsu air base and didn't see combat during his tour, said in an interview that Americans are mostly hearing about death tolls, security problems and other negative aspects of war. He said the ad is a chance to convey the other side.
"The mainstream media has a message about the war in Iraq that perhaps isn't shared by a lot of people involved in the military," he said. "Some folks that haven't had a different perspective on the war on terror will have this perspective added to the mix."
The easiest way to refute this is to have veterans, combat veterans refute this nonsense.
Because our enemy in Iraq is Iraqis. Some of whom belong to Al Qaeda, most who do not. Most of whom actually hunt and kill AQ members for being reckless in killing Iraqis. But why let facts get in the way. Let's pretend things are going well in Iraq.
So where is that new government.
posted by Steve @ 12:42:00 AM