Clinton Commercial Series -- Iraqi Shell Game

04/21/2015 01:41 pm ET | Updated Jun 21, 2015

There are a number of reasons why I will not vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I am a Democrat. It may be easier to convey these reasons using a series of commercials that can be produced by an opponent. I hope that a Democratic Challenger can use these ideas. But if no one can enunciate these from the Democratic side, I am sure the GOP will be more than happy to make the case when it is too late for the Democrats to change their candidate.

Commercial 2

Starts out with images from Congress finalizing the Iraq War Vote in 2002. Sound of Hillary saying "Yea."

Cut to artillery piece firing.

A Typewriter typeface with the sound effect of a typewriter type spells out:

Quick analysis of estimated costs to fire one round to hit a target.
(Slides appear on the screen of each object.)

Artillery piece: $ xxx,xxx.00

Ordinance (The shells): $ x,xxx.00 each. Please include at least one extra shell for training fire.

Training of personal: $ xx,xxx.00

Transportation of weapon: $xxx.00

Cost of vehicle to get the artillery into position: $ xxx,xxx.00

Daily Driver Labor Costs: $ xxxx.00

Fuel Costs: $ xxx.00

Annual Maintenance costs for artillery piece and vehicle: xx,xxx.00

Spotter for target acquisition and verification: $xxx.00

Final Analysis

Estimated cost to fire a shell that hits a target: $ ???,???.00

Number of targets hit in the last 12 years: ???,???

Silent video of artillery firing repeated rounds.


It is not the job of the citizens to know the minutiae of a military operation. It is however, the job of Congress to know how much to budget for such an operation.

In 2002, Hillary Clinton did not step up to demand accountability for the actions in Iraq. She was supposed to ask questions as to how much this would cost.

24 other Senators were more fiscally responsible, including Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd, Paul Wellstone, Debbie Stabenow, and Lincoln Chafee. Even in 2002 people were looking to Hillary for leadership. She allowed us to be led into one of the longest and costliest conflicts in our history.

Had she led an opposition to the Iraq War she may have averted the meltdown of 2008 - a direct hit on our economy. If she had not helped issue a blank check to the Bush Administration we would not have seen the following results:


The montage for this commercial are people who have been evicted from their homes or in front of their now shuttered businesses or retired people working in a fast food joint or a college student riddled with debt. Each looking directly into the camera for an uncomfortable moment and saying, "Thank You Hillary." Some might only mouth the words before turning from the camera, some might just look and give a non-verbal glare. But the honest reaction of the Americans most directly affected by her vote for the Iraq War is captured.

Ending graphic -- "Thank You Hillary" with the sound of an elderly voice asking "You want fries with that?"

Longer term modifications to the commercial campaign include rotating more people saying, "Thank You." Shortening the ads to less than 10 seconds after the initial roll-out to the placing the ending graphic first and just one person looking into the camera for 5 seconds before saying thank you.