Thursday, March 29, 2007

A petition worth signing

I have had a lot of bones to pick with John McCain, over the years, but he's dead on the money, on one issue -- the war in Iraq. As he says, surrender is not an option.

Also, over the years, I've learned that online petitions to congressmen usually aren't worth the paper they're printed on. I stopped signing and forwarding those things in my e-mail box long ago.

Nevertheless, putting the two of these together actually seems like a good thing, for once. John McCain has an online petition worth signing and sharing around:
  • The supplemental appropriations bill that passed the Senate on March 27, calling for a date certain withdrawal from Iraq, is nothing more than a guaranteed date of surrender.

  • It is a refusal to acknowledge the dire consequences of failure, in terms of the stability in the Middle East and the resulting impact on the security of all Americans, whether home or abroad.

  • Democrats have chosen the politically expedient position of failure rather than putting aside the small politics of the day in the interest of our nation and the values upon which this nation rests.

  • We the undersigned remain steadfast in our support for the war against terrorism and mindful of the consequences of failure in Iraq, even if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid refuse to acknowledge those consequences.

  • We support our troops and the new strategy and believe it should be given the opportunity to succeed. American national security interests are directly at stake. Success or failure in Iraq is the transcendent issue for our foreign policy and our national security. People say they want to defeat the terrorists, but if we withdraw from Iraq prematurely, it will be the terrorists' greatest triumph.

  • If we leave Iraq based on an artificial timetable, al Qaeda will be free to plan, train for and conduct operations from Iraq just as they did in Afghanistan before 9/11.

Please go here and sign it, then pass on the address to everybody you respect. (HT: CQ)

Update: For a really good reason to sign the petition, read what Sergeant Krueger has to say (as posted by Scott Johnson) at Power Line.

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