Friday, August 10, 2007

Vets For Freedom

Just FYI - Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying first-hand knowledge to issues of American strategy and tactics - namely "the surge" in Iraq.

Beginning this weekend, Vets for Freedom will be unveiling television ads thanking Senators and Representatives who support the troops.

The two ads, entitled "Don't Surrender" and "Thank you," feature combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan talking directly to the camera with a stark background. Their message: ‘Don't surrender to Al Qaeda' and ‘Thank you for supporting us, please help us finish the job.'

Get a sneak peek of the videos.


Lisa Giebitz said...

That's weird. I live on an army base and a lot of the people here would rather stop wasting our time and valuable resources (i.e. soldiers and their equipment) on strategies that are very apparently not working.

You rarely hear what active duty soldiers who are against the war have to say (and their numbers are unknown) because they would likely be court-marshaled for speaking out.

These are good men and women. They do their duty and will continue to do so. Many have compromised what they believe by participating in the war in Iraq. Personally, I think it's criminal that they can't exercise their freedom of speech when they're the ones 'doing the dirty work'.

Judy Aron said...

Thanks for your comments Lisa.. I want these brave young men and women to come home as soon as possible - so please don't get me wrong here.

I am sure that there are also "Vets Against The Surge" groups as well.

I'd like to see the Iraqis police themselves rather than have us stay there forever to fight their battles.

Regardless of whether it was right or wrong to go there in the first place- that's not really the point anymore - it's more about how do we extricate ourselves from this situation without allowing insurgents to massacre many people who don't agree with them after we leave.

So far, I haven't seen a reasonable exit strategy from anyone who has been protesting to bring everyone home.

Maybe we need UN peace keepers to go in there while we are getting our people out. I don't know, and I guess I'm just going to have to leave it up to the commanders doing the work than to sit here and say what should or shouldn't be done.

That being said, we need our own people back here to protect our own borders, and I also think it is insane to use our Reserves as a standing army.

Lisa Giebitz said...

Frankly, I think the possibility of a "peaceful" or even a "mostly peaceful" exit has been gone for quite some time. Regardless, I do agree (and so do many soldiers I've spoken to) that just pulling out abruptly would be a poor decision. However, the current administration is showing very little is the way of setting ANY sort of concrete timetable or goals and many do not want Iraq to become a second Korea (in that our troops are a rather permanent part of the landscape).

Continuing to put our soldiers in harm's way to reach a goal that is unreachable (a strong, representative government and lasting peace) is just insane. Our soldiers cannot give them lasting peace and they definitely cannot insure a strong, representative government.

ANYWAY! I also agree with you on the use of the Reserves and the National Guard. Let's not forget that there are still many, many troops in Afghanistan. Despite what I've heard politicians say, troops and resources ARE stretched very, very thin - far thinner than they should be. Soldiers are running out of the things they need to get the job done. Someone somewhere at some point really screwed up on this.