Monday, September 10, 2007

Stand by the Mission

Sign an online petition to Stand by the Mission in Iraq.

Here is the full story and additional information on how to assist in getting the word out about this petition from an email I received earlier today due to my membership in a pro-victory group:

WASHINGTON DC (September 10, 2007) – The debate over whether the Iraq mission led by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker deserves continued support is raging not only in Washington but also in the blogosphere. Now, a grassroots petition supporting General Petraeus and his troops is making its way
around the Internet.

The petition was started by a group of leading veteran and military family organizations including Vets for Freedom, Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission, Military Families Voice of Victory, and Gathering of Eagles. Now, such leading Internet bloggers as Instapundit, LittleGreenFootballs and Captain's Quarters (respectively the third, fourth and sixth most popular Internet Blogs) have begun promoting the petition as well.

While anti-war groups have been running Internet petitions for years, the online petition now circulating the Web represents the first time that so many pro-troop and pro-mission groups have united in one significant grassroots effort.

Pete Hegseth, Executive Director of Vets for Freedom, commented: “There is now strong evidence that American military forces are making progress against al-Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. The groups backing this petition, and those signing it, are attempting to educate their fellow Americans that our troops deserve the time and resources necessary for them to successfully complete their mission -- and that there would be dire consequences were the United States to hand a victory to its sworn enemies on what al-Qaeda has called the central front in its global conflict with us.”

The groups involved in this effort are calling on TV and radio talk show hosts, columnists and bloggers to join the effort by taking the following steps:

talking, writing and blogging about the Internet petition to their audiences
putting a copy of the petition or a link to the Internet petition on their Web sites
sending messages to their email lists directing recipients to the Internet petition

A copy of the petition can be found at

To link to the petition, please visit for instructions, or copy the following HTML onto any web site or blog:

To host the petition on a Web site or blog, please contact

To book an interview with an expert from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies regarding the Internet petition and other pro-mission grassroots campaigns, please contact Brian Wise at or (202) 375- 8027.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing exclusively on terrorism and democratization. Founded shortly after the attacks of 9/11/01, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism in support of its mission. For more information, please visit

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