As a board member of VoteVets.org, Maj. Gen. Batiste (Ret.) has been one of the most authoritative voices in the anti-war movement.
But in the Washington Post on Saturday he has an op-ed (flagged on the NRO Web Briefing), under a shared byline with Lt. Pete Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom, a group that strongly supports the Petraeus mission of defeating al-Qaeda and the Iranian backed militias in Iraq.
Does this suggest a shift in Batiste’s thinking? In the I.D. beneath the piece, there is no mention of Batiste’s affiliation with VoteVets.org – and I notice his name has been removed from the VoteVets.org website as well.
If Batiste has indeed broken with VoteVets.org that is news – but perhaps no surprise. VoteVets.org is an extremist group – a MoveOn.org clone – that favors America’s defeat and humiliation in Iraq, seeking both ideological and partisan benefits. If Batiste has recognized this and was repelled by it, bully for him.
The Batiste/Hegseth op-ed is well worth reading but it’s key points are:
- Learn from mistakes
- Acknowledge successes
- Unite now — supporters and (principled) critics of the war alike – by focusing on America’s vital national security interests, not partisan advantage.
- Thanks to Gen. Petraeus and his troops we are now winning in Iraq. Completing this mission successfully is vital for America’s success in the global conflict against radical Islamism.
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