My fellow countrymen and women, we are not overseas for our country alone but also another. We are here to spread democracy and freedom to those who KNOW the true taste of it because they fight for it everyday. You can see the desire in their eyes and I am honored to fight alongside them as an Infantryman in the 101st Airborne.
Freedom is not free, but yet it is everyone’s right to have. Ironic isn’t it? That is why we are here. Though you will always have the skeptics, I know that most of our military will agree with this message. Please, at the request of this soldier spread this message to all you know. We are in Operation Iraqi Freedom and that is our goal. It is a cause that I and thousands of others stand ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice for because, Cindy Sheehan, freedom is worth dying for, no matter what country it is! And after the world is free only then can we hope to have peace.
The timing of this letter couldn't be better what, with Congressman Murtha flappinig his gums.
Matt over at Blackfive points to a good website to check out and a good way to counter those Senators whose bloviating undermines the morale and motivation of our troops overseas. Go check out No End But Victory. I firmly believe that it is time for those of us who believe in our mission in the Middle East and want nothing more than to see it succeed to rise up and make our voices heard.
From their mission statement :
Duty. Honor. Country.
I know those words don’t mean much in the halls of the Senate, but they do to a large group of Americans.
Sheepdogs, Rise Up! The time is now.
Harsh words are coming.
Too many would play politics before securing a peace endanger the Iraqis, our troops and us at home. Motivations to withdraw early from Iraq run the gambit of defeatist rhetoric to political protectionism.
The motivations of certain Senators that voted for a withdrawl in Iraq are suspect:
(1) Conservatives and Moderates are playing the polls for the next election because, right now, the President isn’t popular..
(2) Liberals don’t want the military to meet the expectations of the American people resulting in a political sea change in the states.
(3) A few might truly believe that we can meet those expectations and win the war in 2006 and pull our troops out of a safe and democratic Iraq.
Aside for those in category three (idealists or those without cognitive capacity), those who voted for the amendment are putting their own interests ahead of the mission (duty), ahead of everything other than keeping their cushy jobs (honor), ahead of their constituents (country).
Who among you believes that this is NOT politics over country? NOT Senate self-preservation over our soldiers? NOT the fate of their careers over the fate of Iraq?
This is about cutting and running for political cover or gain. Nothing more.
It is entirely possible that, in the end, certain Senators will not be viewed as cowards by their constituents. However…
They will be viewed as cowards by the Iraqis.
These demands for withdrawl will be a clarion call to Syria and Iran to keep sending terrorists. It sends a signal to Zarqawi to keep going for just twelve more months. It sends a signal to our allies - particularly Tony Blair who’s been nothing short of miraculous in this fight - that we will always run from adversity because the last forty years has shown that Americans don’t have the stomach for it.
This is our one chance to do it right. To get back on track. To show the world that we mean business.
Sheepdogs, contact your Senators. Contact your congressmen. Call the Congressional switchboard to be connected to any Senate or House office: 202-225-3121.
Write letters to the editor of your hometown papers. Call people. Call your VFW. Call your American Legion. Call your Marine Corps League. Get involved.
Don’t let the politicians hand victory to the terrorists.
To quote Matty O'Blackfive (love that moniker) :
No. End. But. Victory.
That pretty much covers it.