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Students for Victory in Iraq depends on you, our members, to actively participate in the ongoing campaign to prevent an unwarranted withdrawal and defeat in Iraq. Together, we collectively take action to achieve our three objectives.

I. Encourage Congress to support the mission in Iraq

II. Educate the public about the importance of victory

III. Support members of the military, their families, and those of our allies

Below you will find the latest action items for each of these three objectives.

Stop the Murtha Withdrawal Amendment from Passage in the 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill

During the week of July 30th , the US House of Representatives is expected to vote on amendments to the 2008 Defense Appropriations bill, which will provide funding for our military next year. Representative John Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, announced on July 25th that he plans to introduce an amendment to the bill which would require that a withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq commence within 60 days of the bill's signing. According to Rep. Murtha, the bill "means to get the hell out of there."

Reports from Iraq indicate that the 'surge' is eliminating the Al-Qaeda network there, facilitating grassroots reconciliation between Shiites and Sunnis, and providing the peace and security in Baghdad necessary for the Iraqi state to succeed. It is irresponsible to begin withdrawing our soldiers in the midst of carrying out a successful strategy.

Call the US House switchboard at (202) 225-3121, ask to speak to your US Representative, and tell them to vote against the Murtha amendment for withdrawal and to allow our fighting men and women to implement the surge so that we may succeed in Iraq.

It is also expected that Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will introduce their amendment repealing the 2002 authorization for the Iraq war next week.

If you have not done so already, call the US Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to contact your Senators and demand that they vote against the Byrd-Clinton Amendment to repeal authorization, and allow the Baghdad Security Plan to be fully implemented.

Inoculate Yourself Against the Chickenhawk Attack

Defeatists are very fond of trying to shut out their opponents by accusing them of being 'chickenhawks', and implying that anyone who has not served in the military has no right to support the mission in Iraq. This is a very common argument, and is also founded on a completely untrue premise. Almost any vocal supporter of victory is bound to run into the chickenhawk attack at some time, so we have created a simple primer for defusing the situation and turning it to your advantage.

'Who's the Chicken?', available here and in our Resources page for download, identifies the fundamental falsehood at the heart of the attack, provides a framework for disproving that falsehood, and a logical way to put the defeatist on the defensive. Every member should check this out and be prepared.

Operation AC

Summer is a very hard time for our soldiers in Iraq, and it is very important to remember that the 165,000 servicemen and women serving their country in Iraq will be fighting in heat upwards of 110 degrees for the next few months. Frankie Mayo over at Operation AC has worked very hard over the past year to provide air conditioners and other requested items to the troops in the field to give them some comfort through the hottest time of the year.

Each servicemember who registers at Operation AC can post a wish list of desired items, and you can register as a sponsor on the website to donate items. Sponsors can purchase items online which will be shipped to the servicemember directly. Please visit Operation AC and adopt a servicemember today!

More information is available at http://www.operationac.com.

   
 
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