September 17, 2008 – As Gen. David Petraeus departs Iraq to lead U.S. Central Command, Vets for Freedom is airing a new television commercial that compares his views on the Iraq “troop surge” with those of Sen. Barack Obama.
“I think we’re making progress, and progress is defined as progress towards winning,” Petraeus is seen saying in the ad.
“The surge has not worked,” Obama says, stating in a later clip that, “My assessment is that the surge has not worked.”
“The military objectives of the surge are in fact being met,” Petraeus counters in another clip.
The ad asks viewers to call Obama’s Senate office to urge him to support Senate Resolution 636, a resolution “recognizing the strategic success of the troop surge in Iraq and expressing gratitude to the members of the United States Armed Forces who made that success possible.”
The group will spend $400,000 to air the ad this week in primetime on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. It is part of a $7 million campaign that includes television advertising and events hosted nationwide. While the group’s Web site says it will support “those who support victory,” its advertising has exhibited a pro-McCain stance.