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MoveOn.org Dresses British Soldiers To Look Like Americans

James Taranto leads off yesterday's Best Of The Web with this e-mail from a captain in the U.S. Army.

I just got back from my third deployment from Iraq on Friday, and I happened to be at the dentist and saw a completely offensive ad from the idiots at MoveOn.org this morning. Anyway, it is a Bush-bashing ad that pretends to be arguing for American soldiers families as they will miss the holidays and it shows turkey and crying wives and blames Bush for it all. Here is the crucial part of the ad that I would like to bring to your attention. As they pretend to argue on my behalf, they show a group of soldiers standing around a table in the Middle East.

Here's the scene to which our friend refers:

"A hundred and fifty thousand American men and women are stuck in Iraq," according to the narration that accompanies this scene. Our friend (we've cleaned up a bit of his language for civilian consumption) continues:

These are not your normal everyday U.S. soldiers though. If you look at the frame they are actually British soldiers. One is in shorts (we don't have shorts as a normal combat uniform) and the others are all clearly wearing British pattern fatigues. So, my point is that these [turkeys] pretend to argue on my behalf and bash the president in the name of my crying wife, and they don't even know what an American soldier looks like! Anyway, it really [ticked] me off.

Here's an enlarged version of the *retouched* video still that appears on the main donation page.


Twenty bucks says they'll claim, "fake but accurate" when they are finally forced to account for this blatant deception...

(h/t GOP and the City)

Update: Michelle Malkin links to the video and is gathering quotes.


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Comments (24)

Kind of like when a 'rights... (Below threshold)

Kind of like when a 'rights activist' gets caught starting a fire outside his/her door (burning a cross on his/her lawn, etc) - the important thing is that we've been reminded that there is racism, etc, not that the whole thing was a fraud meant to be taken as the real thing.

Did they get this video foo... (Below threshold)

Did they get this video footage from Lucy Ramirez?

My gosh, this is huge. A 52... (Below threshold)

My gosh, this is huge. A 527 caught being dishonest! Way to break Moveon gate. The world of politics will never be the same.


>> Twenty bucks says they'l... (Below threshold)

>> Twenty bucks says they'll claim, "fake but accurate"

LMAO, good quote! ;-)


Unrelated: why are the nomi... (Below threshold)

Unrelated: why are the nominations in the Humor category already closed? I wanted to nominate Oliver Willis

Rove sent MO.O the picture!... (Below threshold)

Rove sent MO.O the picture! LOL

Other than George Soros, do... (Below threshold)

Other than George Soros, does anyone still take Moveon.org seriously?

Oh...my...God! Never mind a... (Below threshold)

Oh...my...God! Never mind about getting the nationality of the troops wrong. The ad's so bad it's a cariacature...not to mention the incredible dishonesty of its message.

Every now and then I find out why I read right-wing blogs. This is one of those occasions.

I'm a creative director in ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I'm a creative director in advertising and I can officially testify from a professional perspective that moveon.org ads, and particularly this one, suck. Good God, they suck.

That's my insightful, professional criticism for the day.

Only Moveon Morons(TM) coul... (Below threshold)

Only Moveon Morons(TM) could write a propaganda ad about the US military in Iraq and manage to not find a picture of US military personnel in Iraq--despite there being 150,000 of them.

Then they doctor the photo? They don't even know how to backpeddle without tripping over themselves. They could have just swapped pictures altogether and claimed the wrong photo went up initially. No one would believe them and still think they are biased liars.

But this just makes them out to be biased liars AND incredibly stupid.

Finally the proof we need t... (Below threshold)

Finally the proof we need to lable those dirty liberals as the traitors they are!!! How dare they photoshop pants!
Photoshopping breasts.. understandable (everyone like the boobies)
photoshopping the pants.. unforgivable!

Whats next?? Photoshopping Michael Moore thin??

just another bowel move-on ... (Below threshold)

just another bowel move-on dot org.

My guess is that they could... (Below threshold)
Rachel Cohen:

My guess is that they couldn't licesne a still or moving video of American troops. I wonder if the Brits in the shot know about this use of their images.

It appears to be back to sh... (Below threshold)

It appears to be back to shorts, now.

Quick question: if this was... (Below threshold)

Quick question: if this was an ad supporting the war, would any of you give two shits about the photo? Sometimes you guys really stretch to find a controversy. I did't realize that knowledge of various army's fatigues was a prerequisite for commenting on the war. I assume every right winger who claims to support the troops would have recognized British fatigues instantly. Give me a break.

It's called "continuity". A... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

It's called "continuity". And I would give a shit.

Chris,If this was ... (Below threshold)
Golden Greg:


If this was an Ad supporting the war, it would have been a acutual photo of real Americans, since the objective would be to SUPPORT the troops, and damn well we know who the troops are! Not a knock on the British of course, god bless them , I just hate inane comments.
Move on could care less, their only objective since creation is to discredit the Bush presidency. Details details...

Peter F,If Move On... (Below threshold)

Peter F,

If Move On's ads sucked, they'd at least be good for something...

Chris, You make a... (Below threshold)


You make a very good point. In a society with few remaining morals/values, other than getting one's self ahead, why bother with the facts. The point is to make sure that your opponent (or the person/people who MoveOn.org hate, in this case) look bad. Being honest while doing so is optional.

Yes, anyone who's job is to create ads depicting the other side as bad/evil/liars should absolutely make sure that they are not lying while doing so. This point is often times missed by people who have no standards (most often liberals).


to jp2:We've got t... (Below threshold)

to jp2:

We've got to stop referring to scandals as "X-gate". I think all scandals should henceforth be referred to as, for example, "Moveonquiddick" in honor of the Senior Senator from Massachusetts.

Not my original thought, but let's start a movement.

I assume every right win... (Below threshold)

I assume every right winger who claims to support the troops would have recognized British fatigues instantly.

Uhhh.... many of us, yeah. And if we were FILMING the commercial, you'd be damned sure that we'd at least have enough care to make sure we were using American troops. And you know damned well that if for some reason we didn't, you and your kind would be all over it.

Well, MoveOn obviously does... (Below threshold)

Well, MoveOn obviously doesn't know their military regalia. Probably because none of them ever served. Just like most Americans.

I know what a US soldier looks like because I was one. In Iraq. And I am against the war.

This is not a conservative/liberal issue. The war is killing young Americans. It was started for dubious reasons. It is being continued for dubious reasons.

Let's do something constructive for a change.

That last comment is one of... (Below threshold)

That last comment is one of the best that I have seen, in the Blogosphere, for awhile! Thank you so much for posting that, and you have a good blog as well.

ah ha. what about this?</p... (Below threshold)

ah ha. what about this?


wingnuts...always good for fun






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