Sunday, September 16, 2007

General "Betray Us," meet MoveOn's "Eli Parasite"

It is a well known principle from anthropology that someone who can name a person or thing controls that person or thing. To do so, however, requires considerable skill and experience. The name that MoveOn.org applied to General David Petraeus, "General Betray Us," could have come from any grade school's sandbox, and it will no more stick to this distinguished soldier than water will adhere to Teflon. "Eli Parasite," our name for MoveOn.org executive director Eli Pariser, also is pretty obvious, but we will make it stick by using facts and his track record as the adhesive.

Not only did MoveOn.org publish a defamatory advertisement that made the worst possible accusations--lying and betrayal--against a distinguished military officer, MoveOn.org's Executive Director, Eli Pariser, stood behind the ad while the Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas dismissed the ad as a nonissue. Although Markos Moulitsas deserves a little credit for not overtly backing the ad, he failed to denounce it. Eli Pariser then went on to accuse General Petraeus of "spinning the facts," thus reiterating his accusation of lying. Whom do you believe: the West Point graduate and leader of character with four stars on each shoulder and numerous service ribbons on his chest, or the two-bit lying punk?