As gotchas go, this is a good one.
The Wall Street Journal's online site quotes a U.S. Army captain who found fault with MoveOn.org's video ads that noted 150,000 U.S. men and women wouldn't be home to share Thanksgiving with their families. The ad compared Democratic and Republican leadership in arguing for withdrawal from Iraq. Sided with the Dems.
The captain, a friend of the Journal's Best of The Web editor, groused by email:
These are not your normal everyday U.S. soldiers though. If you look at the frame they are actually British soldiers. One is in shorts (we don't have shorts as a normal combat uniform) and the others are all clearly wearing British pattern fatigues. So, my point is that these [turkeys] pretend to argue on my behalf and bash the president in the name of my crying wife, and they don't even know what an American soldier looks like! Anyway, it really [ticked] me off.
It gets better.
Two other sites, GOP in College and Running For The Right, went looking through the lefty organization's Web site for a print version of the ad and found that in it, the soldier in shorts is now the soldier in long pants.
The Bad Example site devotes many lines to discussing why this was shoddy Photoshopping.
Blinq called a MoveOn spokesman who acknowledged the soldiers in the picture were British. Said the advertising firm grabbed a picture that didn't specify the soldiers' nationality. The video has been pulled. Wouldn't comment about the addition of long pants.
"We totally stand by the message of that ad," he said. "There are 150,000 American soldiers who weren't home for Thanskgiving."