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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tour Gathers Momentum - Progress in Iraq

From The Alamo in Texas to the WWI Memorial in Kansas City, and from the Statehouse in South Carolina to an hour on CNN with Glenn Beck in New York City, the Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour is taking shape and gathering momentum.

Veterans across the country are helping fill the Tour schedule and get the word out. It promises to be an exciting-and influential-three weeks.
CLICK HERE for more details about Tour stops and to see where you can join us on the road.

Additionally, since announcing "Vets on the Hill" two weeks ago, over 200 veterans of the Global War on Terror have signed up to be in Washington, DC on April 8. We plan to have hundreds more sign up in the coming weeks.


Meanwhile, in Iraq, positive developments continue. In fact, this past week, the Iraqi Parliament passed three landmark pieces of legislation-establishing long-overdue local elections, granting amnesty to low-level Iraqi prisoners, and passing a budget of $50 billion.

The political reconciliation that the Surge was meant to facilitate is happening. The Iraqi people are taking advantage of the dramatic security gains to make political compromises.

Even the New York Times had this to say on their front page, "More than any previous legislation, the new initiatives have the potential to spur reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites and set the country on the road to a more representative government, starting with new provincial elections." Need I say more?

All the objectives of the surge-by any measure-have been achieved: violence has dropped dramatically, the Iraqi civil war is over, Al Qaeda has been decimated, and Iraqi politicians are working for political reconciliation.

It's imperative that we do everything we can to ensure that these gains are solidified, and that we continue to support the judgments of the commanders on the ground. General Petraeus will be in Washington, DC in April, and Vets for Freedom will be there to support him.

Now is the time to keep up the pressure-we are winning in Iraq, and the American people need to know it. Join us in supporting the brave troops in the field who are taking the fight to America's enemies.

Move Out and Draw Fire!

Pete Hegseth

Executive Director
Vets for Freedom