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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 the Administration & 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.

Call Your Senators and Representatives and Inform them of the Price of Defeat on August 30

The House and Senate are now in the midst of their August recess, following their inability to get any significant legislation in favor of an arbitrary withdrawal signed into law. Congress is expected to remain out of session until September 3rd, and will likely address the 2008 Defense Appropriations bill as well as the much anticipated reports of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker upon their return.

While our federal elected officials are home listening to their constituents, we must take advantage of the lull to remind them of the costs of withdrawal and retreat from Iraq. On August 16, Vets for Freedom and Families United for the Troops and their Mission had a national call day, and we will follow this action up with a call day of our own on August 30.

Mark your calendars for this date and call your members of Congress to inform them of the price of defeat. Remind them that an arbitrary withdrawal and retreat from Iraq would lead to the following things:

  1. A humanitarian disaster in Iraq involving hundreds of thousands of additional civilian casualties, degrading into genocide and anarchy
  2. The creation of a safe haven for Al-Qaeda with which it could prepare attacks on the United States and neighboring states
  3. An energized Iran which would dominate at least the Shiite-inhabited south and attempt hegemony in the Middle East

On Thursday, August 30th, call your US Representative and both Senators at their offices in your home state. Find your Representative's local office here and your Senators' offices here. Remember to call their home offices and not their DC offices like we have in the past. After you call, please send us a quick e-mail at to let us know! Together we can make an impact and allow General Petraeus and our troops to continue their successes in Iraq.

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 Virtual Toolbox 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.

Project Letters From Home

Jim C of ThinkingRight recently started a project called Project Letters from Home which has the goal of providing a letter of support from home to every single member of the 1st Battalion 1st Marine Regiment. Jim has done a good job of publicizing his project around the blogosphere, but as of August 14th he had 840 letters left to collect before meeting his goal.

We need to write to these men and women and spread the word about the project to as many people as we can. Send your letters of appreciation and support to and be sure to put 'letters from home' in the subject line. After you have sent your letter, please e-mail us at to let us know! Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our fighting men and women.

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