Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Remember MoveOn's Position on Afghanistan is running another ad calling for withdrawal from Iraq without regard to whether our objectives have been achieved. For a little perspective on MoveOn's political orientation, you may want to recall MoveOn's position on Afghanistan after 9/11.

MoveOn opposes keeping U.S. troops in Iraq, but MoveOn also opposed the war in Afghanistan. Shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, MoveOn founders Wes Boyd and Joan Blades circulated a petition that read, "Our leaders are under tremendous pressure to act in the aftermath of the terrible events of Sept. 11th. We the undersigned support justice, not escalating violence, which would only play into the terrorists' hands." Eli Pariser, who would become MoveOn's political director, circulated a petition of his own calling on President Bush to use "moderation and restraint" in responding to 9/11 and "to use, wherever possible, international judicial institutions and international human rights law to bring to justice those responsible for the attacks, rather than the instruments of war, violence or destruction." (Boyd and Blades were so impressed by Pariser's work that they hired him for MoveOn.)

Before the invasion of Afghanistan, MoveOn did not want to use force against the Al Qaeda planners of 9/11. MoveOn wanted to try them in an international court, ignoring the problems of capturing them without the use of force, of gathering hard evidence to convict individuals, and of keeping them imprisoned (witness the release by Germany this past week of a terrorist who killed an American serviceman).

Today, MoveOn continues to ignore reality, pretending that leaving Iraq without achieving victory will not endanger Americans and will not give provided terrorists a safe haven in Iraq. Listen to MoveOn at your peril.


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