Monday, August 07, 2006
The war in Iraq is spiraling out of control. The Sunnis and Shiites are engaged in civil war, and the streets are hemorrhaging American and Iraqi blood. This single issue, as illustrated by the fiercely close Lieberman/Lamont race in Connecticut, will be the major campaign issue this election year. The highly unpopular war can and will be the Democrats' ticket to victory in November. To drive this point home, how about the following powerful commercial:
Visuals: We see images of the war. Bombs exploding. People dying in the streets. Soldiers coming home in body bags and coffins draped in the American flag. The following quotes play over the visuals, repeated several times in a loop until they start playing over each other in one jumbled mess of words, getting louder and louder:
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended" (Bush, May 2, 2003)
"The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September 11, 2001, and still goes on" (Bush, May 2, 2003)
"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction" (Cheney, August 26, 2002
"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat" (Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003)
"We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so" (Bush, May 3, 2003)
"The insurgency in Iraq is in the last throes," (Cheney, June 20, 2005)
The jumbled quotes are very loud now, and then start to fade until they're playing in the background lightly under the following close:
Voice Over (disdainfully): There were no weapons of mass destruction...there was no connection to Al Qaeda....there was no reason whatsoever to go to war with Iraq. But now we're there, and the Republicans can't seem to find a way out. Our soldiers need to stop dying. It's time to put an end to the madness. Vote Democrat in November.
Think of the impact an ad like this could have. Let's use Bush's, Cheney's and Rumsfeld's own words to remind voters just how dangerously out of touch with reality these maniacs have been over the war.