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Appeal for Courage

Last week I posted a link to We Win, They Lose where readers could sign a petition in support of the mission in Iraq. Over 2,800 in the military have signed the Appeal for Courage, which was scheduled to be delivered to Congress today. Here is the wording:


As an American currently serving my nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to fully support our mission in Iraq and halt any calls for retreat. I also respectfully urge my political leaders to actively oppose media efforts which embolden my enemy while demoralizing American support at home. The War in Iraq is a necessary and just effort to bring freedom to the Middle East and protect America from further attack.

If you are active duty, reservist or national guard, you can Sign this Appeal. (Link via Michelle Malkin). More from SSG Dave Thul.


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Things are going so well in... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

Things are going so well in Iraq that today US embassey workers in the Green Zone were ordered to wear flak vests and helmets when they are outside or in unsecured buildings.


Another sign of progress I suppose

And 2800 names, that's it? I thought the military was blindly pro-war and pro-bush. You'd think they would have had 100000 names by now.

I also respectfully urge... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

I also respectfully urge my political leaders to actively oppose media efforts which embolden my enemy while demoralizing American support at home.

Media efforts that embolden my enemy? This is a joke, right? Anyone care to provide examples of anything the media did that helped the other side, other than Geraldo drawing troop positions in the sand on Fake News?

AWV is a perfect example of... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

AWV is a perfect example of the liberal sew*ge. AWV, you are aiding the terrorist right now together with the liberal media: you are doing the propaganda for the terrorists that they are winning simply by blowing up women and children. This is in the news today, why didn't you cite it? What a sew*age. You are propagandizing on behalf of the terrorists right in this forum.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0705080694may09,0,6231460.story?coll=chi-newsopinion-hed
Al Qaeda's new enemy

Published May 9, 2007


Al Qaeda's terrorists in Iraq now face a new enemy: Sunni tribesmen in Anbar Province. These tribal leaders in the heart of the insurgency are now backing coalition and Iraqi forces against the terrorists.

You want good news from Iraq? There it is, in flashing neon.

And 2800 names, that's it?<... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

And 2800 names, that's it?
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You have no respect for these soldiers who are in the field right now? Who do you listen to? (the liberals media or your terrorist-cheering leaders Pelosi/Reid co. in congress)

Wow, I had no idea I was ai... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

Wow, I had no idea I was aiding them tarrists right now as I type. Gee, I feel horrible. All that blood on my hands. Who knew?

Thanks for setting me straight, Immigrant. In the future, I'll be sure to believe whatever the president says unquestioningly.

I should remember not to ask questions either. That only creates more problems.

Thanks for setting me strai... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Thanks for setting me straight, Immigrant.
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np, you need a lot of help. Thanks for admitting your mistake. Next time don't believe the terrorist-cheering liberal media and dems. Just give you a good news in Iraq today. You don't seem to be happy, why? Because the terrorists are not succeeding? Just curious.

You discounted 2800 soldiers in the field. So I want to know who you listen to and what kind of people they are.

Terrorist cheering liberal ... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

Terrorist cheering liberal media? Man, you really need to get out more. What must it be like to be wrapped in that little world of yours?


Wouldn't it be great if the media only reported all the glorious accomplishments of Dear Leader, like in North Korea. Then we can all be happy knowing that everything is fine.

I didn't discount the 2800 soliders, I merely observed that out of the entire active military, that's not a whole lot of numbers. You'd think there'd be more, that's all.

I don;t listen to people for news, Immigrant. I read online mostly from newswires.

And yes, such good news from Iraq, that US Embassay personnel are now required to wear flak vest and helmets while strolling around. Such progress we are making!

I don't know what planet you live on, but that's not good news.

I don't know what planet yo... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

I don't know what planet you live on, but that's not good news.
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Sunni fighting the AlQ terrorists are not good news for you? Terrorists are trying to blow up women/children in Iraq so that people like Harry Reid can proclaim that the Iraq is lost. Don't you see how that rhetoric is encouraging the terrorists to commit more carnage? No wonder our civilians over there have to wear helmet etc...

Have you seen condemnation of the terrorists and a show of determination to defeat them? Or do you see rhetoric of defeat in Iraq coming out of the liberal dems in Congress and here?

I didn't discount the 2800 ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

I didn't discount the 2800 soliders, I merely observed that out of the entire active military, that's not a whole lot of numbers.
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Should they count more than the people in the media or Clinton, Reid, Pelosi etc...?

I gave you a good news and you try to ignore it. Why?

I'd like to know what happe... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

I'd like to know what happens when, for instance, a soldier accidentally clicks on Barbra Streisand's website and reads that she doesn't support the occupation of Iraq. Does he/she pull the covers over his or her head and refuse to get out of bed that day and another city in Iraq falls under "insurgent" control as a result? Seriously, what happens? What is the chain of events that goes from voicing dissent to "failure" in Iraq? I know you're not saying that the soldiers aren't doing a great job no matter how much dissent there is.

Perhaps you believe that we should Stay The Course and the media isn't reporting all the "good things" happening in Iraq and the occupation is a good thing -- then apparently the Liberals/Democrats opposition ISN'T hurting the war effort. If you say it hurts your feelings because you support the war/occupation I feel that is totally valid reason for asking people to stop voicing dissent (not a valid reason for stopping though).

You're never, ever, ever going to convince the media and the Democrats start cheerleading (or even stop opposing) the occupation, or the surge, or We Win They Lose or the Victory Caucus, etc. A change of course is needed.

Wouldn't it be great if the... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Wouldn't it be great if the media only reported all the glorious accomplishments of Dear Leader, like in North Korea.
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Is that what the liberal media has been trying to do? Cuba is a utopia on earth right? N. Korea is a peace-loving country, right? Bush is the agressor, right?

Would you pay attention to these words
As an American currently serving my nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to fully support our mission in Iraq and halt any calls for retreat. I also respectfully urge my political leaders to actively oppose media efforts which embolden my enemy while demoralizing American support at home. The War in Iraq is a necessary and just effort to bring freedom to the Middle East and protect America from further attack.

Is this good news to you? A... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Is this good news to you? And does this support the appeal for courage from our soldiers?

These Anbar leaders aren't just jawing. Thousands of Sunnis have rushed to join local police forces, with tribal leaders' encouragement. "The progress has inspired an optimism in the American command that, among some officials, borders on giddiness," The New York Times reported. "There are some people who would say we've won the war out here," one Marine officer said.

I think it is not necessary... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I think it is not necessary to say the MSM and the democrats. That is redundant.

The lefties have no core beliefs. No honor. No sense of committment. They are wandering generalities. All emotion no reason. They wait to pounce on anything that they do not agree. Sort of like a spoiled child. ww

They are wandering gener... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

They are wandering generalities.

I see irony is still lost on wingnuts.

"There are some people w... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

"There are some people who would say we've won the war out here," one Marine officer said.

Ah, the famous 'some people' line. Some stupid people perhaps.

Lets try and example:

Some people think Love America Immigrant is a pedophile, but since he hasn't produced any evidence to the contrary, it must be true.

See how easy it is to play that game?

average wizbang poster, it'... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

average wizbang poster, it's good to see someone accept the blood on their hands from the 3 to 5 million people slaughtered in Southeast Asia at the bidding of the democrats and the murder of 50 million + - babies in the U.S. in the past few years. What's the blood of a few thousand American GI's to people like you. You are responsible for 90-95% of the deaths in Iraq since day one. The president should pull every, not some, troop out of the entire middle east and let er fly. The troops can come home and train for door to door fighting in the U.S. cities. It will come. Is anyone really stupid enough to believe the 6 caught in the blue state of NJ are the only ones planning to murder hundreds of thousands? If so don't start whimpering (as democrats are prone to do) when it starts in your hometown. Maybe your favorite shopping mall or store will be one of the first to go. There are thousands of followers of Islam in the U.S. Each and every one of them is a terrorists in waiting. Sleep tight if you live around them.

Crapiron, adult ADD can be ... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

Crapiron, adult ADD can be treated with the right medication.

There are thousands of f... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

There are thousands of followers of Islam in the U.S. Each and every one of them is a terrorists in waiting. Sleep tight if you live around them.

Paranoid, delusional, man you really need some meds!

Either that or a woman.

"average wizbang poster" --... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

"average wizbang poster" -- If you are going to snark it up like that, you might want to venture beyond the DU-Kos world and read a few of the milblogs. Really, your head won't explode. I promise. What source do you have that makes you so quick to call those in the field, fighting the war, stupid?

I talked to, and more importantly listened to, a few dozen (yes, even less than 2800) milbloggers this weekend talking about the progress that is being made. They also pointed to terrorist documents that have been found that outline the strategy to use the media. One tactic is producing spectacular high profile terrorist attacks pinpointed to divert attention from progress being made in Iraq. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to have noticed that anytime there is a high profile visit or a specifically newsworthy accomplishment in Iraq, there is always a terrorist attack of some sort (car bomb, etc.) to distract the media from the positive story. It is not a coincidence. It is a calculated strategy that the terrorists even admitted and many in our media (and people like you who point to that as evidence there is no progress) play right into it.

As for the 2800 (gee, I feel like I am talking to a three year old because this really should not have to be explained it is so obvious) the point of listing the number is, as Michelle Malkin pointed out in the post I linked, this number is larger than the number of signatures the anti-war appeal for redress collected over a longer period of time. My guess is that not terribly many in the military are aware of the Appeal for Courage since it has not gotten all the attention that the anti-war Appeal for Redress got from 60 Minutes and others.

Republicans Berate B... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


Republicans Berate Bush Over Iraq In Private White House Meeting

"In a sign of the growing fissure between the White House and its congressional allies over the war,"

[ . . .]

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/05/09/iraq-meeting/

<a href="http://www.cnn.com... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Republican generals criticize Bush's handling of the war.

"I am outraged, as are the majority of Americans. I'm a lifelong Republican, but it's past time for change... Our strategy in Iraq today is more of the same, a slow grind to nowhere which totally ignores the reality of Iraq and the lessons of history... "Our president ignores sound military advice and surrounds himself with like-minded and compliant subordinates."

average wizbang poster said... (Below threshold)
LC John Wardle:

average wizbang poster said:


"I didn't discount the 2800 soliders, I merely observed that out of the entire active military, that's not a whole lot of numbers. You'd think there'd be more, that's all."

Maybe, just Maybe, they are doing something a bit more important than posting to a blog right now....

Unlike you.

Brian is here to encourage ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Brian is here to encourage the members of his club to continue their spin. NO wonder Truman is no longer liberals' hero.

http://levin.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZGM4ODk2ZTNlNmVkYTIwMjI4M2M3NTYwYWIxYzU1NDY=

Will the media take a poll of ex-generals and admirals? I suspect Harry Truman, who relieved Douglas MacArthur of his command in Korea for publicly disagreeing with him, and Abraham Lincoln, who relieved George McClellan of his command for a variety of blunders, would be the first to tell Democrats and the media that in our country the civilian president calls the shots. The six disgruntled ex-generals are just the latest propaganda tools of the Left. Next, back to Cindy Sheehan.

Speaking of generals, the D... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Speaking of generals, the Dems are not shy to handcuff our generals.

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MTk0MzkwOTkwOWE0MDE0MGY0MDNhNWE3NDFjZTk4OTI=

You heard the phrase that some things are dead on arrival, but this bill is dead before arrival. And the Democrats have known that for weeks. We've said that the bill contains a surrender date, handcuffs our generals, billions of dollars of spending that's outside of the Iraq war supplemental, then the President is going to veto it.

AWT (Average Wizbang Troll)... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

AWT (Average Wizbang Troll) obviously not happy that the Sunni are joining the Iraqui police forces to kill the terrorists. That 's why he is so bitter. Liberals are not happy when terrorists are killed. Do we need more proof?

Brian is here to encoura... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian is here to encourage the members of his club to continue their spin.

Heh, please, just keep posting year-old articles about generals supporting Rumsfeld. That should be the Republican strategy in 2008!

Brian, We know th... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Brian,

We know that liberals today have no principles and only try to follow the polls as you have shown. Truman would be ashamed of the Dem party today (FDR dem Zel Miller said as much). The other thing that Truman would be ashamed of is the way liberal dems today trying to manipulate the polls/public opinion towards American defeat. It is not a noble goal in the very least. But as you have repeatedly shown liberals care about nothing but political power. Truman will surely be ashamed today.

Here is the current general fighting the war in Iraq and how the dems treated him (yup Pelosi had time to fly to Syria, don a burqua to kiss up to a secular dictator Assad, yet she couldn't find time to meet with Patreus).

http://www.rightnation.us/forums/index.php?showtopic=121323
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the decision "irresponsible" and said it constituted a "dereliction of duty." But by the end of the day, Pelosi's office changed course and scheduled a briefing for members of the House for Wednesday, April 25.

2800 is so LOW. If the Word... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

2800 is so LOW. If the Word was "sign it" (suggestion only!) at the section/platoon meetings, it would have garnered a more respectable number. 2800 is LOW, LOW,LOW!

When "Americanism" is "pushed", a'la Reagan v Carter in 1980, the barracks will Put Out. This petition is a WHOLE 'nother animal: a political ploy by neocon fairies whom the services have learned to despise. They live under the PC ROEs in a supposed "clash of civilizations". And they're calling "[email protected]!"

No one likes being pawns.

And "Appeal to COURAGE"(sic)??? Where's the barf bag?

Woo-hoo! Truman, Zell Mille... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Woo-hoo! Truman, Zell Miller, Boehner, and Republicans visiting Syria! Truly the paths to success in Iraq!

Woo-hoo! Truman, Zell Mille... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Woo-hoo! Truman, Zell Miller, Boehner, and Republicans visiting Syria! Truly the paths to success in Iraq
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Sunni fighting terrorists doesn't make liberals like you happy, right? Yes, that 's why Pelosi (together with those despicable Reps following her on that trip) had to go to Syria to send the message to the terrorists to continue on? Forgot about Harry Reid sending another message to the terrorists? Thanks for defining the liberal definition of Iraq sucess: American failure and terrorists winning.

Oh, I see, liberals today don't want to learn from Truman. Forgot that you want Clinton/Carter and now Pelosi/Reid as your kinds of leader. Truman will be truly ashamed. But you guys don't even have a hint of shame. What a difference.

The President sure is not l... (Below threshold)
Oak Leaf:

The President sure is not listening to the recommendations of the US Army Surgeon General.

The GOP could have won all of this had they put the interests of the soldier and the readiness of the US Army first.




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