David Alameel, a candidate in the Democratic primary for the US Senate, has now released a concise commercial. At this point, it will just run on the internet, but could easily be formatted for the television. The ad touts Alameel’s liberal positions on foreign policy issues, specifically pertaining to the ongoing War in Afghanistan.
“Twelve years in Afghanistan. It’s time to leave,” the ad starts off. “David Alameel is a veteran, and he supports the military. But he says it is time to bring the troops home.” The commercial continues by noting Alameel’s commitment to reinvesting much of the money from this pricey war into domestic programs. Without citing specifics, the commercials notes that jobs, education must be sought after, as well as a protection to Social Security for future generations. The 30-second spot does not reveal any inkling as to how these commitments would be accomplished, but does try to hit the highlights from assorted liberal causes.
The ad does, however, run into some difficulties upon slightly closer examination. Ostensibly, this ad is over Alameel’s indignation at the continued perpetual presence of the US Armed Services in Afghanistan. However, by the beginning of 2015 (when Alameel would hypothetically assume office upon victory), only about 8000 troops will be left in Afghanistan, down from a high of close to 100,000 near the start of President Obama’s term. Additionally, none of those remaining would be in an active combat role, but would rather serve in an advisory capacity.
Accordingly, taking the position that we need to “get out of Afghanistan,” especially when coupled with statements such as a need for greater emphasis at home, is not controversial in the slightest. Indeed, President Obama has taken the position over the past few years.
The ad should be contrasted with his chief opponent’s –Maxey Scherr– ad from last December, “Cruz Control,” which focused heavily on both the incumbent and the junior Senator. In a very different fashion, Alameel’s ad neither mentions John Cornyn nor any other Republican. Arguably, the commercial could be construed as most critical of President Obama (since he is, after all, the Commander-in-Chief of the military).