Last Monday, the New York Times ran an ad paid for by the pro-Democratic organization MoveOn.org with the headline, “General Petraeus or General Betray us? Cooking the books for the White House.” The ad ran the same day that General Petraeus testified before Congress about Iraq.
According to MoveOn.org’s Web site, “the ad was successful in what it was intended to do: Call the credibility of Petraeus’ testimony into question. It garnered more coverage than any ad that MoveOn.org has run in years. Every time Republicans debated the ad, they helped raise questions around reliability of the General’s report.”
But some Democrats distanced themselves from the ad. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., called it "over the top."
"I don't like any kind of characterizations in our politics that call into question any active duty, distinguished general who I think under any circumstances serves with the best interests of our country," said Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and a decorated veteran.
White House spokesman Tony Snow called the ad a "boorish, childish, unworthy attack."