I haven't seen the ad but I think Petraeus is definitely a White House lackey.
I sit here and listen to Patraeus and Crocker spew the administration's fuzzy math while wondering how long we, the people, will put up with the scam.
We want to believe that everything we've been taught since grade school is what we are now. We want to believe that we are a force for good in the world. But this administration and the neocon agenda has not only betrayed those things we've been taught, it has dimmed the light of hope for people all over the world.
Our invasion and occupation of Iraq is not about spreading liberty. It's about spreading our eco-political influence via military aggression. It's no different than what other militaristic nations have historically done.
Militarism abroad and fascism at home. Things have certainly changed in America since I was a lad being taught the virtues of my country.