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Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death EstimatorHaving addressed all the nation's other issues, Congress now has time to waste passing meaningless resolutions saying they don't like stuff, such as activist group's recent ad calling Bush administration war spokesman, David Petraeus, a sell-out for not telling the truth about the surge's "progress."

In a classic case of Attack the messenger, ignore the message, conservative groups are going after, the New York Times and everybody in between, meanwhile the war rages on and the truth is lost in between the latest report on OJ, and those who disgree being called unpatriotic and fascist.

The Senate just told you to sit down and be quiet! What are you going to do about it?

The US Senate has voted to condemn an advertisement attacking the country's top commander in Iraq as he gave key testimony on military progress there.

The ad, published in the New York Times by anti-war group MoveOn.Org last week, sparked controversy by referring to Gen David Petraeus as "General betray us".

US President George W Bush accused Democrats of being afraid to stand up to the group over the "disgusting" ad.

A Moveon official said political debate should focus on an Iraq exit strategy.

The Senate voted by 72 to 25 to approve the Republican-sponsored bill to "strongly condemn personal attacks" on Gen Petraeus and US armed forces.

In the ad, accused Gen Petraeus of "cooking the books for the White House" by declaring that its troop surge strategy in Iraq had been a success.

In the House of Representatives, Republican leader John Boehner recommended a similar move.

But a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told The Associated Press news agency that the priorities of Americans lay elsewhere.

"The House is going to devote its full attention to providing healthcare to children... reducing global warming and responsibly redeploying US forces now in Iraq," Nadeam Elshami said.

The vote came after Mr. Bush said he was disappointed in the Democrats' response to the ad earlier on Thursday.

"Most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like more afraid of irritating them than they are of irritating the United States military," he said. Executive Director Eli Pariser accused Mr. Bush of being more interested in political attacks than developing an exit strategy for US troops in Iraq.




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