'Friend' Blasts Liberal Group for Posting Ads Linking Bush to Hitler

July 7, 2008 - 8:30 PM

(CNSNews.com) - A leading critic of the Bush administration's foreign policy, described as "a friend" of the anti-war group MoveOn.org, Monday lashed out at the group for posting two ads on its website comparing President George Bush to former Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Melvin Goodman, a professor of international security at the National War College and a former CIA analyst, told CNSNews.com that contrary to the way a MoveOn.org spokeswoman described him, he was "not affiliated with [MoveOn.org] in any way, associated with them in any way."

On Dec. 18, Jessica Smith, who is listed as the contact on MoveOn.org press releases, gave CNSNews.com Goodman's name, biographical information and telephone number for reaction to a story about the Kean Commission's report on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Goodman is the co-author of the book entitled, Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk .

When told that MoveOn.org had listed him as a contact for reaction to the 9/11 commission report, Goodman said he had "no idea" why they're using his name.

"They have no right to use my name," he said. "I'm certainly not a spokesman. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, associated with them in any way." As for MoveOn.org posting two ads likening Bush to Hitler on its website, Goodman said he "wouldn't condone any of this."

The ads were posted on the MoveOn.org website as part of a contest in which members of the public were invited to submit video ads commenting on Bush's policy on Iraq. Fifteen hundred ads were posted on the MoveOn.org website, according to the group.

But Goodman said the posting of the ads comparing Bush to Hitler were "beneath contempt." He added, "I don't know who in the world came up with this idea.

"There's debate and there are issues," Goodman said. "There are very important issues. But when you get into this kind of scurrilous nonsense, I wouldn't be a part of it ... this is just a cheap form of propaganda. I wouldn't get involved in that, if that's indeed what's going on."

Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie on Monday criticized MoveOn.org for considering the Hitler ad submissions as part of its $7-million broadcast advertising campaign aimed at defeating President Bush.

The ads, Gillespie said, reflected a "despicable tactic" -- comparing Bush to Hitler -- that complied with MoveOn.org's guidelines. The RNC chairman also called for MoveOn.org to apologize to the president.

Later on Monday, Wes Boyd, the founder of the MoveOn.org Voter Fund, responded with his own release, claiming his group had been "falsely accused" of sponsoring ads "which compare President Bush to Adolf Hitler.

"The claim is deliberately and maliciously misleading," Boyd stated. "None of these was our ad, nor did their appearance constitute endorsement or sponsorship by MoveOn.org Voter Fund. They will not appear on TV. We do not support the sentiment expressed in the two Hitler submissions. They were voted down by our members and the public, who reviewed the ads and submitted nearly 3 million critiques in the process of choosing the 15 finalist entries."

Following Goodman's conversation with CNSNews.com Monday, he called Smith. CNSNews.com then contacted Smith and she insisted the former CIA analyst and Bush critic had helped MoveOn.org with reaction to the Kean Commission's report.

"We had authorization on that and he helped us with that," Smith said.

"I just spoke with him and he's just upset that he was used as a spokesperson," she added. "We wanted to use him as a spokesperson because he's an expert on [the 9/11 report]. But he's not a blanket Move.On spokesperson."

Earlier, Goodman had struggled to understand why MoveOn.org would use him as a contact.

"I've written on the Kean Commission. I've written on 9/11. I guess my name is a name that comes up, but I've never authorized MoveOn.org to use my name in any capacity," Goodman said.

"The only possible association is a film I took part in called Uncovered , that deals with the Iraq war and the campaign of deceit that led up to the war. And I think MoveOn.org may have been a sponsor of the film in some capacity. I'm not sure what. They were promoting the film."

Before going "off the record" with CNSNews.com , Smith insisted that, "Melvin Goodman is a friend of ours" and accused CNSNews.com of "making it very difficult for us to work with you.

"I feel like you keep trying to get us on the record saying things," she added. "I don't really appreciate it.

"I don't know what kind of story you're trying to write, but I just think that you're putting people in awkward situations. And it's hard for us to field phone calls from you," Smith said, before hanging up the telephone.

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