Oliver Stone unveils ad calling for Iraq withdrawal
Thu May 3, 2007 6:18 PM ET
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, whose movies voiced the frustration of the Vietnam War generation, on Thursday unveiled a political ad calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
But those expecting a broadside from the man who made the searing anti-war films “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July” some 20 years ago may be disappointed.
The 30-second television spot, sponsored by the MoveOn.org political action group and VoteVets.org, features a simple but impassioned plea by John Bruhns, a former infantry sergeant who fought in Iraq during the 2003 invasion and its aftermath.
“We were told to liberate these people. They were shooting at us,” Bruhns says to camera. “To keep American soldiers in Iraq for an indefinite period of time, being attacked by an unidentifiable enemy, is wrong, immoral and irresponsible.” Link
I read recently that due to the revenue generated by the Alaskan pipeline, every man, woman and child over the age of six months receives a $1000 yearly check from the state. Think of this in terms of this nation using our soldiers to act as policemen in Iraq. I am not opposed to our being there, overseeing the establishment of a government. But it is long past time for them to be walking the streets like beat cops with “Target” written all over their backs.