The Corner

Common Ground

As a board member of, 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 – and I notice his name has been removed from the website as well.

If Batiste has indeed broken with that is news – but perhaps no surprise. is an extremist group – a 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.
Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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