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Freeper Call to Action: ‘Cost of Defeat’ Call-in Campaign: Get Involved!
Family Security Matters ^ | Thursday, August 16, 2007 | Vets for Freedom

Posted on 08/16/2007 7:28:32 AM PDT by kristinn

In the past two weeks, Vets for Freedom has released television advertisements in 5 states (read about them here & here) and stood up State Chapters in 26 states. We plan to release 5 more TV ads this week, and formally announce 5 additional State Chapters. And every day, our membership numbers expand rapidly.

Without question, we are on the offensive throughout America - communicating to members of Congress and the American people a very clear message: give General Petraeus, and his counter-insurgency strategy, the time, troops, and resources necessary to succeed in Iraq.

But rest assured, Washington DC-based, anti-war types are also active, and they plan to make their next political statement on Thursday, August 16th. According to a strategy memo, they will "release a hard-hitting report to local media on what the war has cost your congressional district. This will happen on August 16th." will send out press releases in every congressional district stating how much the Iraq War is costing American taxpayers. But, of course, they fail to ask a more fundamental question: what is the cost of defeat in Iraq? And what will it ultimately cost America - in lives, treasure, and reputation - if we declare defeat at the hands of Al Qaeda & Company?

What You Can Do This Week!

On Thursday, August 16th, as a direct response to's attempts to politicize the Iraq War, Vets for Freedom is asking all of its members to participate in our "Cost of Defeat" Call-in Campaign.

And we are not alone in this effort. We are proud to be partnering with Families United for the Troops and Their Mission, a grassroots coalition of thousands of Gold Star and Blue Star families including some with loved ones currently in harm's way. Both the troops - and their families - will be making calls this Thursday!

So mark your calendar and call your members of Congress to explain the "Cost of Defeat" in Iraq. Tell them that defeat in Iraq would mean the following things:

A bloodbath in Iraq, costing hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi lives and possibly destabilize the entire Middle East region.

A failed state in Iraq and a safe haven for Al Qaeda to plan future attacks against America and her allies.

An emboldened Iran in pursuit of nuclear weapons and a victorious Al Qaeda in pursuit of new ways to kill Americans at home and around the world.

For more tips and information about what to say when you call, please read the "Call Tips" section at the end of this email. We have provided a word-for-word script.

Call Instructions:

On Thursday, call your 2 Senators and 1 Representative. Call their offices in your home state and remind them of the "Cost of Defeat" in Iraq. Use the links below to find the phone numbers for your members of Congress:

Contacting your U.S. Senators
Contacting your U.S. Representatives
After you have called your members of Congress, call the following 10 Senators and remind them what the "Cost of Defeat" would look like if they vote to undercut General Petraeus and the mission in Iraq in September. Phone numbers are provided below for phone numbers in their home state:

When you're done with the calls on Thursday, please shoot a quick email to and let us know. And if you had any particularly interesting exchanges, we'd love to hear about it.

What Else Can You Do This Week?

Attend Your Senator's Town Hall Meetings. We need pro-mission veterans and citizens at every single town hall meeting in August, encouraging members of Congress to support the mission in Iraq. If you find out about a Town Hall meeting in your state, do two things: 1) Attend! 2) Let us know at

Sign Up to Show Up in September. We still need more veterans to sign up early and join us on September 17 & 18 at our nation's capitol. Just send an email to with your name, military bio, your home state, and contact information. Once we receive this information we can start the process of arranging your travel and scheduling your appointments in Washington, DC.

Visit out "Live From Iraq" Blog. Check daily for updates from Jeff Emanuel, Iraq war veteran and Vets for Freedom member, who is reporting from the front lines in Iraq. He will provide daily "on the ground" updates from inside the surge.

Senator Chuck Grassley , R - Iowa , 515-288-1145
Senator Sam Brownback , R - Kansas, 785-233-2503
Senator Pat Roberts, R - Kansas , 785-295-2745
Senator Ben Nelson, D - Nebraska , 402-391-3411
Senator Mitch McConnell, R - Kentucky, 502-582-6304
Senator Norm Coleman, R - Minnesota, 651-645-0323
Senator John Sununu, R - New Hampshire, 603-647-7500
Senator Judd Gregg , R - New Hampshire, 603-622-7979
Senator John Warner , R - Virginia , 540-857-2676
Senator Mark Pryor , D - Arkansas , 501-324-6336

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: congress; elections; gop; vetsforfreedom
A news search shows that MoveOn is already getting favorable coverage in the press with their publicity stunt.

Please take the time today to call your senators and congressmen to encourage them to support victory because the cost of defeat will be calculated in the lives of Americans killed by terrorists emboldened by our defeat and the slaughter of our allies.

1 posted on 08/16/2007 7:28:35 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Make sure you leave an address and request a response from them.

I called and they wanted to pat me on the head and send me on the way w/o taking the info.

2 posted on 08/16/2007 7:36:34 AM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: Keith Brown

Thank you. Good job!

3 posted on 08/16/2007 7:48:42 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: BufordP


4 posted on 08/16/2007 7:50:49 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; ...

DC Chapter ping.

5 posted on 08/16/2007 7:54:09 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: kristinn

As you know, a bunch of us are going to MD Cong. Al Wynn’s (D) office on Monday.

We’ll also contact others.

[Mr] T

6 posted on 08/16/2007 8:08:23 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: BufordP


7 posted on 08/16/2007 8:13:16 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: trooprally

Yep. See you then.

8 posted on 08/16/2007 8:13:39 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Contacts made.

9 posted on 08/16/2007 8:46:05 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: kristinn

Let’s remind everyone that the “surge” is working and we are winning. Taht’s what drives these lafties crazy. We may just win this thing before they get a chance to lose it.

10 posted on 08/16/2007 8:48:43 AM PDT by TBP
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To: kristinn

Sen. Levin is going to Iraq to “tell” them to get onboard with supporting their country, and that if it becomes a civil war to count us out. The man is an idiot. Overstepping his bounds by speaking for the government.

11 posted on 08/16/2007 12:00:10 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: kristinn

Count me in! I’ll pass the word, and then make those calls first thing!

12 posted on 08/16/2007 12:03:03 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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13 posted on 08/16/2007 5:05:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, August 14, 2007.
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