Thursday, December 01, 2005

Because they really support the troops!

Yes, cares so much about American troops that...they don't even know what an American soldier looks like. From Cyber News Service:
The 30-second ad, which also began running on CNN and cable stations during the Thanksgiving weekend, stated that "150,000 American men and women are stuck in Iraq" this holiday season.

But the ad showed soldiers who were "not wearing U.S. uniforms," according to a Pentagon spokesman who was interviewed by Cybercast News Service Wednesday, approximately two hours before the Internet version of the ad was pulled from the website.

"Some folks won't be home this holiday season," the 30-second spot declared before showing a video pan of a group of soldiers getting military rations. The narrator then stated that "150,000 American men and women are stuck in Iraq."

Todd Vician, a spokesman with the U.S. Defense Department, told Cybercast News Service after viewing the ad that none of the men featured in the photograph was wearing U.S. uniforms. "We don't have that style of desert camouflage," he said.

Vician noted that combat fatigues worn by the Marines and the Army have "a pixilated design," and Air Force BDUs (Battle Dress Uniforms) have a different pattern than the uniforms shown in the spot.

In addition to the men wearing foreign uniforms, Vician stated that he had never seen U.S. soldiers using meal containers like those shown in the ad.
Oops. Caught red-handed in yet another screwy commercial and bad PR move, they attempted to "Photoshop" the faux-pas...which just exacerbated their credibility problem more than it already had been:

MoveOn has pulled the ad...for now, anyway.

An Army captain in the article summed it up thusly:
As "the idiots from ... pretend to argue on my behalf, they show a group of soldiers standing around a table in the Middle East," the captain reportedly wrote and added that the individuals in the photo were "actually British soldiers.

"One is in shorts (we don't have shorts as a normal combat uniform), and the others are all clearly wearing British pattern fatigues," the Army captain wrote, noting that people at "don't even know what an American soldier looks like!"
Hey, I deeply respect and admire the British soldiers who are helping us in Iraq. However, if you're going to purport to care for American soldiers, then how about showing American soldiers? It's easy to excuse, though, for their oversight. After all, considering that they know or care little about American soldiers (beyond attempting to use them in ill-conceived commercials), it's not difficult to see how they wouldn't know an American soldier if they saw one.

Reflective of typical leftist arrogance, the moobats at MoveOn probably thought that everybody else would be too dumb (since the left thinks they are more enlightened than everyone else) to notice. Technology: the great equalizer. Just ask Dan Rather.