Video: Anti-war VoteVets’ Soltz proclaims “I am the troops”

posted at 8:10 pm on May 11, 2007 by Ian

Jon Soltz of anti-war group VoteVets.org and Move America Forward chair Melanie Morgan appeared on PBS’s “Newshour” with guest host Judy Woodruff earlier this week to talk about the war in Iraq. Soltz proclaimed “I am the troops” after Morgan said that VoteVets is invested in defeat and what they’re doing is “shameful” and “disrespectful” to our troops. VoteVets works with the far-left, George Soros-funded Moveon.org.

Below is a partial transcript:

JUDY WOODRUFF: Ms. Morgan, how are you attempting right now to influence members of Congress?

MELANIE MORGAN: Judy, what we’re doing right now is pointing out on television and across the country — and we’ve held hundreds of rallies. We have aired over two dozen commercials. And we are unveiling a new commercial coming up this Friday, and it is called “The Choice is Clear.”

We make it powerfully and visually apparent to everybody that, if we don’t win in Iraq, we are going to lose America. It’s that simple.

And let me also say that I certainly would hope that the Democrats, if they’re planning their strategy meetings with people like Mr. Soltz and MoveOn.org, others who are meeting daily in telephone conference calls, which we are not, by the way, on our side, that al-Qaida is listening to their results, as well.

And I would really hope that they could put that energy into defeating the enemy rather than to accommodate some sort of political score, some sort of game to them to win elections in ’08. And that’s what we are doing.

We are doing rallies, e-mails. We have a complete strategy in place. And we will fight organizations like VoteVet.org and MoveOn.org. We don’t have the millions of dollars in funding that George Soros has given them, but we have the hearts and will of American people.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And, Mr. Soltz, respond, and I want to know which senators and others you’re targeting. Can you just give us a few names?

JON SOLTZ: Yes, ma’am. We have the hearts and will of over 65 percent of the American people, the Iraq Study Group, the 45 percent of the troops who have served in our military that don’t support George Bush’s war in Iraq, and they have the 36 percent that do. So the polls and we have that support.

But, you know, the issue is that they want to support this nation- building policy. So this week, we’re rolling ads out in Minnesota targeting Senator Coleman. We’re running ads in New Hampshire targeting Senator Sununu, Virginia, Senator Warner, and also in House districts across the country, along with Susan Collins in Maine.

But she’s right. I couldn’t agree with her more. Al-Qaida is listening, and that’s the entire point. And al-Qaida supports their policy. They have undermined our troops in field. They’ve empowered Iran.

Al-Qaida said it two days ago. They want us in Iraq. They’ve strategically fixed our assets to defeat them in the war on terror inside the middle of a Shia-Sunni conflict in the middle of the Middle East. And it’s absolutely ridiculous.

MELANIE MORGAN: Well, it’s nice to know that you really believe in the fearsome firepower of al-Qaida and in their ability to win a war. And I think what you’re saying is shameful and really disrespectful to our troops.

JON SOLTZ: You’re undermining our troops in the field right now by these comments… I am the troops.


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naliaka on May 11, 2007 at 8:20 PM

Is that anything like Sheryl Crow and “I am the American people!”

Lehosh on May 11, 2007 at 8:26 PM

JON SOLTZ: You’re undermining our troops in the field right now by these comments… I am the troops.

I wonder if anyone has ever conducted a study of Republican vs. Democrat use of hallucinogenic drugs.

RedWinged Blackbird on May 11, 2007 at 8:35 PM

Jon Solz is a slick talking, arrogant left winger. He is NOT the troops; he does NOT speak for the troops. He speaks for George Soros and the radical left in this country. You have to go after these people hard. They are liars. My concern is that PBS is coupling Melanie Morgan and Jon Solz in a way that gives Jon Solz far more credibility than he deserves.

Phil Byler on May 11, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Is that anything like Sheryl Crow and “I am the American people!”

I’m sure that Mr. Soltz only uses one American flag to wipe his ass.

Kensington on May 11, 2007 at 8:36 PM

If you are the troops, then I, as an American, am your Boss.

You’re fired.

STFU and go home.

infidel4life on May 11, 2007 at 8:37 PM

BTW, did anyone catch Wesley Clark carrying the torch for Soros last night on O’Reilly?

I almost puked.

infidel4life on May 11, 2007 at 8:42 PM

If you say “I am the troops” three times in a mirror doesn’t that summon Patton from the nether world to smack your ass with his riding crop?

mojowire on May 11, 2007 at 8:43 PM

JON SOLTZ: Yes, ma’am. We have the hearts and will of over 65 percent of the American people, the Iraq Study Group, the 45 percent of the troops who have served in our military that don’t support George Bush’s war in Iraq, and they have the 36 percent that do. So the polls and we have that support.

Stoltz’s comment about the troops appears to refer to the Military Times poll. So let’s note that even the Military Times said of this poll:

The mail survey, conducted Nov. 13 through Dec. 22, is the fourth annual gauge of active-duty military subscribers to the Military Times newspapers. The results should not be read as representative of the military as a whole; the survey’s respondents are on aver age older, more experienced, more likely to be officers and more career-oriented than the overall military population.

So Stotlz is lying mistaken on the face of things.

But look at the first sentence just quoted again — this was a mail-in poll.

As Stoltz made the claim on PBS, let’s see what PBS says about mail in polls:

The first rule of survey sampling is that respondents cannot select themselves. Self-selection introduces socioeconomic and demographic biases; “man-on-the-street” polls, straw polls, call-ins, and mail-ins all violate this rule. Most online polls are also not scientific in nature and should be taken as entertainment.

And that’s a bit more polite than what self-selecting mail-in polls are called in Britain.

In contrast, the Marines in Anbar province are re-enlisting at 115% of the Corps target. Indeed, the Marines have far-exceeded all retention goals for the past six years. As for Army, the 101st Airborne Division, after recent action in Iraq, broke a record for the percentage of eligible troops who signed up for more years of duty. The Army re-enlistment numbers are the highest in five years.

Which is, shall we say, odd behavior for troops who supposedly don’t support the mission.

Karl on May 11, 2007 at 8:47 PM

JON SOLTZ: Yes, ma’am. We have the hearts and will of over 65 percent of the American people, the Iraq Study Group, the 45 percent of the troops who have served in our military that don’t support George Bush’s war in Iraq, and they have the 36 percent that do. So the polls and we have that support.

That bolded part is likely a reference to the Military Times poll, which the MT admits “results should not be read as representative of the military as a whole.” Moreover, it was a mail-in poll, which PBS (the same network airing Stoltz) will tell you violates the first rule of scientific polling.

And I’m pretty sure the ISG report did not advocate the Soros surrender plan.

Most of the troops I know don’t pack that much BS into a single paragraph.

Karl on May 11, 2007 at 8:56 PM

Sorry about the double-post; it looked like the first comment was rejected for too many links.

Karl on May 11, 2007 at 8:56 PM

BTW, Soltz’s PAC was busted by FactCheck during the campaign for making false claims that GOP candidates voted against body armor.

Karl on May 11, 2007 at 9:09 PM

Jon Soltz is just another low life democrap punk.

He sounds like (a younger) John “Hanoi” Kerry. Spouting numbers from flawed polls as if they really mean anything. What a sorry sight…

Zorro on May 11, 2007 at 9:12 PM

The “fearsome firepower of al-Qaida” Hahaha! She said that on PBS??? Damn, Jon, you just got your butt smacked by a PBS chick! HAHAHAHAAAAaaaa!

Jon, you’re a traitor to the brave men and women you left behind.

Tony737 on May 11, 2007 at 9:16 PM

I got the video of O’Reilly and Clark.

JohnJ on May 11, 2007 at 9:32 PM

Nice job, Karl. You’re on these bastiges like white on rice, buddy.

Mike H on May 11, 2007 at 9:53 PM

You can’t argue with him, he has Absolute Moron Authority.

JayHaw Phrenzie on May 11, 2007 at 10:13 PM

John Soltz, just another tin-plated leftist with delusions of godhood.

calnevari on May 11, 2007 at 10:38 PM

JON SOLTZ: Yes, ma’am. We have the hearts and will of over 65 percent of the American people, the Iraq Study Group, the 45 percent of the troops who have served in our military that don’t support George Bush’s war in Iraq, and they have the 36 percent that do. So the polls and we have that support.

Yes, and I’ve heard that 93% of liberals are ignoramuses.

We had VE day; victory in Europe.
We had VJ day; vicory in Japan.
I now propose that we prepare for VT day; victory for terrorists. Have every lib say WHEN we celebrate VT day.

Mojave Mark on May 11, 2007 at 10:40 PM

JohnJ,

Nice link on O’R and scumbag Wes Clark. Clark is still attempting to buy some credibility, and he’s buying it from Soros and MoveOn.

It’s hilarious to watch these maggots claim Soros is a big communist fighter, while his U.S. leftist political organization, MoveOn, is the only home for American communists in our system. Which is it?

Jaibones on May 12, 2007 at 12:22 AM

JayHaw

line of the day, excellent wordage :)

OneEyedJack on May 12, 2007 at 12:38 AM

Jon Soltz: “We have the hearts and will of over 65 percent of the American people, the Iraq Study Group, the 45 percent of the troops”

He’s a F*CKING LIAR!

And he is a damned traitor. Why isn’t he locked up in prison?

georgej on May 12, 2007 at 3:35 AM

Notice that Soltz doesn’t address the link to Soros in the clip. Nor does Woodruff ask him about it. Hmmmm…

Sean M. on May 12, 2007 at 4:07 AM

That dolt is full of it. He’s a John Kerry of the Iraq war. We had his kind during Vietnam and they in no way represented the majority of the soldiers in that war.

rplat on May 12, 2007 at 7:55 AM

I believe the troops might have something to say about Mr. Soltz being one of them. I believe the troops would gladly beat this candyass Soltz into next week. And rightfully so.

lynnv on May 12, 2007 at 8:22 AM

JON SOLTZ: You’re undermining our troops in the field right now by these comments… I am the troops.

Bah, so am I. I win. What a douche.

armylawyer on May 12, 2007 at 8:31 AM

Same ‘ol song and dance. Liberals pull stats out of their butt and they are remarkebly good at keeping the pertinent ones handy. How often you have heard the casualty figures from the Lancet “study”? The point is, it doesn’t matter if the figures are accurate, or the process used to arrive at the numbers, it is the same thing your 5th grade teacher probably used to get you to remember the mulitiplication tables, keep repeating it. When somebody tries to dispute the numbers they wind up appearing as scared, as if the numbers being quoted are true and only by attacking the manner of their collection can you attempt to debunk them. So while the person arguing how the data came to be has thier explanation fall on deaf ears the constant drumbeat of the same number heard over and over again becomes fact.
It has become the proven method for whipping up hysteria for climate change, health insurance, and the war.
Have you ever stopped to think why don’t the Dems concentrate of economic numbers? There are very few bad ones and they are some of the hardest to dispute.

LakeRuins on May 12, 2007 at 9:06 AM

I served with troops, I know troop, troops are a friend of mine, you, sir, are no troop.

Oh and the ISG supported a troop surge so you are also a liar.

From the ISG Report:
We could, however, support a short-term redeployment or surge of American combat forces to stabilize Baghdad, or to speed up the training and equipping mission.

BohicaTwentyTwo on May 12, 2007 at 9:55 AM

They’re running ads in MN against Sen. Coleman because they WANT STUART SMALLEY TO REPRESENT THEM!!!! If that doesn’t prove what a joke they are, I don’t know what does.

foxforce91 on May 12, 2007 at 3:43 PM

JON SOLTZ: You’re undermining our troops in the field right now by these comments… I am the troops a strong>douche

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Fixed!

omnipotent on May 12, 2007 at 4:15 PM

JON SOLTZ: You’re undermining our troops in the field right now by these comments… I am the troops a douche.

FIxed!

omnipotent on May 12, 2007 at 4:16 PM

That Jon guy looks like he has gay face to me.

VinceP1974 on May 12, 2007 at 6:51 PM

Quote: VinceP1974 “That Jon guy looks like he has gay face to me.”

You should know what gay is Vince, we all know that lots of republicans and conservatives are gay, Mark Folly, Ted Haggard, gay “plant” reporter – former male escort – asking GOP licking questions at Bush press conferences. Gay, gay, gay, gay. Vince, last gay was for you sweetie.

When Right wing wackos can’t win on facts, so they go to personal attacks, sad, pathetic and shameful.

Melanie Morgan face by the way, is BOTOX to the max. It’s like she had a stoke, face does not move, ha, ha. “the american people are behind us”, a liar telling a lie, lie, lie, lie. Funny she talks about money. She gets big bucks for being a propaganda mouthpiece for Bush. May be she gets paid in Botox. A Republican lead us into this mess and made it a total cluster and the Republican party deserves what it will get, permanent minority. America is sick of partisan neo-con idiots, who are ruining this country with divisiveness and incompetence. More disturbing is fellow americans that back the fools in DC, no matter what, because their hate for Democrats over rules their loyalty to America and her people. Getting out is best for America, worst for the GOP. TOO MOTHER FREAKING BAD.

Republicans have been saying how great and powerful al qaeda is for 5 years, mushroom clouds, attack us here, they will make Iraq an al qaeda base…SURRENDER, blaaa blaaa blaaaa. The GOP does all the terror for them. “Civilization will end if we leave Iraq”, “Vote Republican or DIE”, pathetic fear mongering. According to the conservatives al qaeda is an ALL powerful enemy that can do anything. Wow!

Fact MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. We are leaving Iraq because the Iraq people don’t want to stand up (2 month vacation of government?) and a civil war between Iraqi’s. Al qaeda is a small part and we can try to make so when we leave as the killing continues they kill al qaeda.

GO VOTEVETS.ORQ, YEA YEA YEA!!! George Soros the evil one……yea yea yea!!!!. Generals Clark and General Batiste and congressman John Murtha (marine) are my heroes.

Bush ignored all his Generals to date, including the surge and the Iraq study group.

All you lock step “party loyalist” and the cabal of co-dependant dysfunctional yes men can kiss my patriotic……
Put God and Country before your party and psycho hate for anti-war americans, liberals and democrats. Party loyalty taken too far is communism. Be an American not conservative authoritarian, obstinate, dogmatic jerk.

PS: God bless all the soldiers killed, wounded and in service today everywhere, they are all heroes, with special thoughts for the 5 soldiers killed today and 3 missing. I pray for them and their families. America needs to project strength world wide not bogged down in Iraq with a burn rate of 9-bil a month and 100′s of solders, ie diminishing returns. The writings on the wall, Iraq will not stand up, Good Bye.

gmcjetpilot on May 13, 2007 at 9:19 PM

“Les troupes, c’est moi.”

RD on May 13, 2007 at 11:40 PM