Mr. President: Weakness Is Dangerous
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
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That's the title of an online petition initiated by the Vets For Freedom in protest of the path the Obama administration has taken in national security. According to their web site, the Vets For Freedom:

"(I)s a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowledge to issues of American strategy and tactics.

We support policymakers from both sides of the aisle who have stood behind our great generation of American warriors on the battlefield, and who have put long-term national security before short-term partisan political gain. This has meant meeting with members of Congress, and helping elect young veterans to Congress."

The Vets For Freedom are now asking that those who share their feelings and beliefs sign their White House petition. The petition reads as follows:

"Mr. President,

For veterans of the Iraq War, watching the black flag of Al Qaeda fly over Fallujah—as the adjacent video outlines—is the ultimate symbol of weak and feckless national security policy. Dismissing this American battlefield is an insult to the sacrifice and honor of our warriors and their families. Unfortunately, it's just another recent example of your administration's dangerous approach to national security; let us briefly recount other ways.

Afghanistan War veterans bemoan a failed 'surge then withdraw' strategy—costing lives and losing ground. In Syria, we set rhetorical red-lines that a Iranian-backed dictator ignored—and then did nothing. Speaking of Iran, their nuclear ambitions continue unabated—with Israel left standing alone. In Libya we 'led from behind'—with spiraling violence and a dead US ambassador in Benghazi to show for it. China’s increases their defense budget substantially—while we gut ours precipitously. And most recently, an empowered Russia had their way with a sovereign nation—while we did nothing. Other fault lines—in Pakistan, North Korea, Turkey and Egypt—haven't escaped our gaze either.

Bottom line: America's enemies don't fear us, our allies don't trust us, and the world is more dangerous. For decades, a national security policy of 'Peace through Strength' underwrote U.S. security at home and our interests abroad—but not any more. Mr. President, in just five short years, you have managed to gut our military, dismiss clear and present threats, and leave America's image and stature in tatters. We can't stand for this.

Join Vets for Freedom—veterans, military families, and patriotic Americans of all generations—by signing our White House petition and sending a clear message to the President: American Weakness is Dangerous."

Their petition is here:

If you agree with what they say, I recommend you sign. I have.

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PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 19:26 PM

Seb-it's official you talk out of both sides of your mouth! I could be wrong-maybe your blowing off a little smoke...

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 13:46 PM

I've never seen one get any results. The "impeach Obama" ones I linked to above have hundreds of thousands of signatures, but "so what?" I guess it's a way for people to blow off steam (rather than blowing away somebody).

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 20:22 PM

PN: It's official - you don't know what you're talking about.

But seriously, yes - I did say I've never seen any online petitions get any results, but:

*There's always a first time; and

*I reserve the right to publicize those that I believe are WORTH signing. This is one of them.

As a military veteran, the beliefs, thoughts, opinions and feelings expressed in this petition mirror EXACTLY my own and I'm sure many of my fellow veterans. Down through the years, there have always been presidents who are held in low esteem by military veterans as a whole, and those who are OUR "heroes." While on active duty, soldiers do best when they shut up and do what they are told. However, once they are "veterans," they can speak their mind.

I applaud this group for speaking theirs, and I urge their support. This president needs to hear this message - LOUD AND CLEAR. So does his political party.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 20:28 PM

Seb-No matter how you spin it's double standards.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 20:47 PM

What is my "double standard?" I never said people shouldn't sign the petition YOU referred to in the blog you extracted my comment from, did I? All I said was that I rarely see them get any real results, and that they usually are a way for people to blow off steam. I said nothing in my basic blog post or the above that contradicts that or gives a double standard. In the case of THIS petition, I urge my fellow veterans to BLOW OFF STEAM if that's what they want to do and sign the petition. Or they can sign it to send a message.

I assert that what is contained in the petition is valid, and it deserves to be publicized - if nothing else. I have said nothing which is a "double standard." You bring up this argument to minimize the message that the vets in the PETITION are trying to get across. That dog won't hunt.

It's called freedom of speech. I don't discourage you from expressing yours. In this instance I'm expressing mine.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 08:39 AM

@PN. Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee!!

HMJC commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 09:02 AM

Just another classic case of ignoring the context and not focusing on the real issue. HMMM.... Sounds a lot like our current administration... and Sebe, I agree with their message as well and have signed the petition.

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 16:32 PM

It's called S.I.N., HMJC.

Switch the subject
Ignore the facts
Name call

I agree with the message and has signed the petition too!

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 19:18 PM

Thank you, HMJC and Funky. I'm sure the Vets For Freedom appreciate your support. This is an important message that needs to be sent and HEARD by the Obama administration.

Whether it makes any difference remains to be seen. I'm not too optimistic.

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