To: info “at” barackobama.com, media “at” barackobama.com, watchdog “at” barackobama.com
cc: Multiple blogs, with encouragement to circulate as viral E-mail
Dear Mr. Obama,
It is one matter to oppose a war or criticize the manner in which it is being fought. It is another matter to call terrorists who are murdering our soldiers–and we use the word “murder” deliberately, because only a uniformed combatant who is fighting according to the laws of war can legally kill an opposing soldier–“Minutemen” who are fighting the American “occupation” of Iraq. Michael Moore, whose endorsement you have refused to reject, has done exactly this on his Web site. For the record:
http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php?messageDate=2004-04-14 “The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not “insurgents” or “terrorists” or “The Enemy.” They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win. Get it, Mr. Bush?”
It is also a matter of record that you solicited and accepted the endorsement of MoveOn.org, thus making yourself a party to this organization’s deliberate insult to General David Petraeus. Again, it is one matter to criticize the war and quite another to accuse a distinguished officer (who did not get a vote on whether to go to war, unlike numerous members of your own party) of “cooking the books” and betraying the American people. Again, for the record so you cannot say you “did not know” about this (just as you claim not to have known about your pastor’s hate speech), here is the Web site and the defamatory advertisement in question. http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
It was also one matter to oppose the Vietnam War or criticize the manner in which it was being waged, and quite another to pose in an enemy gun emplacement as Jane Fonda did. It is now, through this E-mail, a matter of record that your campaign has been made aware of “Hanoi Jane’s” endorsement of your candidacy (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/04/jane-fonda-endo.html).
Voters in our Armed Forces, as well as every American who respects and honors our Armed Forces, have a right to know whether their prospective Commander in Chief is with our men and women in uniform, or with the terrorists who are trying to murder them. So far, you have lent your name and your prominence as a serious Presidential candidate to a despicable organization, MoveOn.org, that has effectively spit on a distinguished officer’s uniform. The spittle on General Petraeus’ uniform is therefore every bit as much yours as it is Eli Pariser’s. You have refused to reject the endorsement of an individual whose Web site calls the terrorists who are murdering our troops “Minutemen.” These two facts, by themselves, make the very concept of any member of our Armed Forces having to address you as “Sir” repugnant. We have no doubt that you will also accept Jane Fonda’s endorsement, but we need to place it on record that you were told about it and given a chance to reject it.
[name and phone number were given]