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Call to Action

Red State posts a call to action by Vets for Freedom.

Last week, Vets for Freedom launched our "10 Weeks to Testimony" campaign and committed to leading the charge to support General Petraeus and stop anti-war radicals and politicians on Capitol Hill from undermining the mission in Iraq.

Unfortunately-despite thousands of phone calls to Capitol Hill this week--even more Republican senators have bowed to political pressure and declared defeat, despite progress being shown by General Petraeus's new counter-insurgency strategy.

Next week, politicians in Washington, DC are poised to sell out America's safety because election season is near. As veterans, we cannot allow this to happen. The information battle Vets for Freedom was planning for September is upon us in July, therefore we must adapt, overcome, and do something immediately. Our collective voice must be heard on Capitol Hill, and it must be heard now!

This is a call to action. We are asking every Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who believes in supporting the mission--and defeating America's enemies--to converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 17. It's time the fighters in this war tell their representatives--face to face-that now is no time to betray the mission.

What You Can Do This Week!

Week #2: Converge on Capitol Hill, July 17

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have already sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears on foreign battlefields. Now America needs one more thing while you're home -- one day of your time. We are the last line of defense.

We're not going to protest, wave signs, or scream slogans. We are going to make our voices heard, in a professional manner, in keeping with the finest traditions of our great country and military. I have no doubt you will want to join us.

But you say: "It's an entire Tuesday, and travel is expensive!" We share these legitimate concerns, but answer with this fundamental question: If not you, then who? Who else will tell Congress to give General Petraeus, his strategy, and our comrades time to complete the mission? It has come to this. It must be us.

Read on . . .

But you also say: "It's such short notice, and I have to work." Again, legitimate concerns, but we have already received commitments from numerous veterans with full-time jobs who have said--no matter the notice--I'll be there. We need the same from you. Your country needs the same from you.

You might also say, "I'm Active Duty, I can't do this type of stuff." There is a common misconception that troops serving on active duty cannot participate in events like this. This is false. As long as you are 1) out of uniform; 2) not speaking on behalf of "the military"; and 3) not protesting, you are absolutely allowed to be involved. The same goes for National Guard and Reserve troops.

We hope to raise enough money--from the supporters of Vets for Freedom who cannot make it to Washington, DC--to ensure that everyone who makes the trip is reimbursed at some level.

Every dollar donated to Vets for Freedom between now and July 17 will go directly to covering travel costs of veterans.

Follow the link for more information and other ways to support the effort.


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Comments (8)

Wow, this is very inspirati... (Below threshold)

Wow, this is very inspirational. Great work!

Bill O'Reilly sours on the ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Bill O'Reilly sours on the U.S. mission to secure Oil Revenue Profit Sharing Agreement in Iraq (sometimes referred to as a "Political Benchmark:"

'O'Reilly turned on his special guest during the segment, White House press secretary Tony Snow, saying, "You can't win ... unless the Iraqi people turn on all the terrorists. And they're not."

O'Reilly said he agreed with the president that defeat in Iraq could harm the US but said that "enough is enough."'

[ . . . ]

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/OReilly_takes_on_Tony_Snow_You_0713.html

I watched that segment Adri... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I watched that segment Adrian, and that is really taking a snippit out of context. Tony Snow really clarified what is happening after that. To which Bill O'Reilly said " Oh, yeah." So, nice try buddy but feeble in execution. I want you to try to meet my benchmarks next time. ww

wow - this stunning "call t... (Below threshold)

wow - this stunning "call to action" from Lorie and you get one spam comment, one comment pointing out that O'Reilly is bailing and joining the blue side re: Iraq -- and then one comment from one of the resident trolls with the stunning rebuttal of "nice try buddy".

This ship isn't sinking, Lorie, this ship has sunk.

Read O'Hanlon and Campbell ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Read O'Hanlon and Campbell in today's Opinion Journal, a guidebook for the next ten weeks.
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Democrats want to end the w... (Below threshold)

Democrats want to end the war early, regardless of the consequences. There is only one motivation for this, that the Democrats know that if the war is an issue in November 2008 and the electorate tries to decide who is best to fight a war, the Democrats will not win the White House.

The Democrats want to pretend in Nov 2008 that there is no national security issue so that they won't lose the Presidential election - and it does not matter how much they endanger the American public for this temporary political advantage. Nor does it matter how many tens or even hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's die in the subsequent civil war.

Obviously one has to be completely amoral to depend upon this strategy in a presidential campaign - but there is no shortage of such Democrat candidates.

This ship isn't sinking... (Below threshold)
marc:

This ship isn't sinking, Lorie, this ship has sunk.

Better to have floated and given the opportunity to "sink" than to never leaving the wizbang blue dock.

And BTW you failed to list one member of this thread, Lee "The Thief" Ward.

Why is there not an organiz... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Why is there not an organization already in place?
http://www.ivaw.org has been around for awhile..
Few vets are pro war.Right after they come home.
How are you going to catagorize those vets that do not heed this "patriotic call? The troops over there are like those of us who served in Viet Nam...you follow orders...you care about your own ass.. your buddies ...There was no Viet Vets for the War organization...
As vets who post here know..Most vets coming home
only want to get on with their lives. Some are so pissed they find Viet Vets or Iraq Vets against the wWar as a release...however having gone through situations that are not even in the imagination... most vets..from any war in our history want...is to be left alone..




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