Values Vote Leaders Sign Declaration Against Iraq Withdrawal

Sep 10, 2007, 01:00 ET from Forgotten American Coalition

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of 44
 conservative leaders released on Monday a Declaration warning Americans of
 the catastrophic consequences of a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
     The Declaration is sponsored by the Forgotten American Coalition. While
 the Declaration's signers include some defense/foreign policy
 conservatives, most are recognized Values Voter leaders -- social
 conservatives who rarely speak out on the War on Terrorism. The include Don
 Wildmon (American Family Association), Pat Robertson ("700 Club" and Regent
 University), Paul Weyrich (Free Congress Foundation), John Hagee
 (Christians United for Israel), Lou Sheldon (Traditional Values Coalition),
 Tim and Beverly LaHaye (Concerned Women for America) and Phil Burress
 (Citizens for Community Values).
     Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer is the Coalition's chairman.
 He noted: "Many of the signers -- who lead organizations with millions of
 members -- are usually associated with issues like abortion, marriage and
 the family. Still, they feel compelled to speak out against a cut-and-run
 strategy being pushed by isolationists inside and beyond the confines of
 Congress."
     Don Feder, a member of the steering committee of the Forgotten American
 Coalition observed: "By signing this declaration, religious conservatives
 are saying: 'Yes, we care about marriage, the family and the unborn. But we
 also care about national security, the morale of our servicemen and women
 and the war on terrorism.' The left, which thinks neo-cons are the only
 ones on the right opposing an Iraq withdrawal, had better think again."
     Quoting from the Declaration: "The Iraq war must be seen in the broader
 context of Islamo-fascism's war on America and Western Civilization... . If
 we pull out now, or announce a timetable for withdrawal, the region will be
 destabilized and Israel further endangered. Iran and Syria, two legs of the
 axis of evil, will become far more powerful..."
     "The Iraqis who supported our presence and trusted America will be
 subjected to vicious reprisals by fanatics who have demonstrated their
 utter ruthlessness..."
     "It took 20 years to recover from the demoralizing experience of our
 failure in Vietnam... . How will we convince young Americans to enlist in
 the next effort to combat terrorism, if -- by withdrawing now -- we tacitly
 admit that more than 3,600 of our service men and women died in vain?"
     The Declaration -- The Tragic Consequences of A U.S. Withdrawal From
 Iraq -- is below, along with a complete list of signers.
     The Iraq Declaration is the first project of the Forgotten American
 Coalition (FAC). The first 10 signers are member of the FAC Steering
 Committee.
             The Tragic Consequences of A U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq
     As leaders of the conservative movement and concerned citizens, the
 undersigned wish to make our fellow Americans aware of the tragic
 consequences of a precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
     Historically, conservatives have always been cautious about foreign
 intervention and the concept of nation-building. Moreover, conservatives
 have always viewed national security as the principal reason for foreign
 intervention.
     Still, regardless of what one thinks of the president's decision to
 overthrow Saddam Hussein and to try to bring representative government to
 Iraq, we have been engaged there for the past four years at a cost of over
 3,600 American lives.
     Our military leaders warn us that a withdrawal under fire would be a
 geopolitical disaster.
     The Iraq War must be seen in the broader context of Islamo-fascism's
 war on America and Western Civilization. It is one front in a global
 conflict fought from Europe and the Middle East to Africa, the Balkans, the
 Indian Subcontinent and, finally, to the streets of our cities.
     If we pull out now or announce a timetable for withdrawal, the region
 will be destabilized and Israel further endangered. Iran and Syria, two
 legs of the axis of evil, will become far more powerful. Reformers in the
 region will be correspondingly weakened -- perhaps fatally so.
     A Middle East in chaos could result in the disruption of energy
 supplies, a plummeting dollar and a devastated U.S. economy.
     9/11 was in part precipitated by the perception of American weakness
 and lack of determination. An Iraq withdrawal before our mission is
 accomplished will convince the terrorists and their state-sponsors that we
 indeed are the proverbial paper tiger.
     The terrorists, including Al Qaeda (which is currently fighting in
 Iraq), will make us bleed every step of the way out of Iraq. Then, sensing
 the tide of history running in their favor, they will attack us with
 renewed vigor on every front.
     Those Iraqis who supported our presence and trusted America will be
 subjected to vicious reprisals by fanatics who have repeatedly demonstrated
 their utter ruthlessness. A bloodbath resembling South Vietnam and Cambodia
 in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal isn't hard to imagine. That is a
 terrible burden for America to carry into the future.
     After undercutting foreign leaders who sided with America, we will look
 in vain for allies for the next confrontation with militant Islam.
     It took 20 years to recover from the demoralizing experience of our
 failure in Vietnam. How long will the post-Iraq malaise last? How will we
 convince young Americans to enlist in the next effort to combat terrorism,
 if -- by withdrawing now -- we tacitly admit that more than 3,600 of our
 serviceman and women died in vain?
     What will we say to the veterans, the returning servicemen and the
 families who lost loved ones in Iraq? We accepted your sacrifices but
 lacked the determination to back you up?
     The main opposition to our involvement in Iraq comes from the
 isolationist left, which wants more than withdrawal on that front.
     It also wants a pull-out from Afghanistan, negotiations with the
 Iranian and Syrian regimes, the abandonment of Israel and a "dialogue" with
 Hamas and Hezbollah. An Iraq withdrawal could leave the surrender lobby in
 charge of U.S. foreign policy for the foreseeable future.
     When it comes to a threat to our national security, the easy course is
 usually the wrong course. Imagine if, a month after D-Day, Washington
 announced that if victory wasn't secured by the winter, we would begin
 withdrawing American forces from Europe.
     The casualty figures concern us too. But which course is most likely to
 save American lives in the longrun -- not to mention protect our freedom --
 appeasement in the form of a precipitous withdrawal or staying the course?
     We believe the latter is the only sensible policy, and urge our fellow
 Americans not to succumb to defeatism. In the words of General Douglas
 MacArthur, who led American forces in the Pacific during World War II," In
 war, there is no substitute for victory."
     Signed,
 
     Gary Bauer (Chairman, Forgotten American Coalition)
     Joe Barrek
     Chris Carmouche (GrassTopsUSA.com)
     Don Feder (Don Feder Associates)
     Janet Folger (Faith2Action)
     Richard Ford (Heritage Alliance PAC)
     Rick Scarborough (Vision America)
     Mike Valerio
     Paul Weyrich (Free Congress Foundation)
     Don Wildmon (American Family Association)
       (the foregoing all are members of the Forgotten American Coalition
        Steering Committee)
     Daniel Pipes (Middle East Forum)
     Pat Robeison ("700 Club")
     Phillip Jauregui (Judicial Action Group)
     Phil Burress (Citizens for Community Values)
     William J. Federer (AmeriSearch)
     Wendy Wright (Concerned Women for America)
     Dr. Janice Crouse (Beverly LaHaye Institute)
     Dr. Jack Wheeler (Freedom Research Foundation)
     Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Toward Tradition)
     Frank Gaffney (Center for Security Policy)
     Herb Zweibon (Americans for a Safe Israel)
     Lou Sheldon (Traditional Values Coalition)
     Mona Charen (syndicated columnist)
     Morton Blackwell (Conservative Leadership PAC)
     Gary Cass (Christian Anti-Defamation Commission)
     Pastor John Hagee (Citizens United for Israel)
     Larry Cirignano (Catholic activist)
     Star Parker (Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education)
     Clifford May (Foundation for the Defense of Democracies)
     Jim Laffejy (Christian Seniors Association)
     Michael Heath (Christian Civic League of Maine)
     Ted Baehr (MovieGuide.org)
     Mathew Staver (Liberty Counsel)
     Colin Hanna (Let Freedom Ring)
     Craig Shirley (Shirley And Bannister Public Affairs)
     Ron Wexler (Ten Commandments Commission)
     Foster Friess (Friess Associates Inc.)
     Tim LaHaye (minister and author)
     Beverly LaHaye (Concerned Women for America)
     Dr. Rod Majin (The Vanguard.Org)
     Melanie Morgan (MoveAmericaForward.org)
     Elaine Donnelly (Center for Military Readiness)
     Ron Robinson (Young America's Foundation)
     Flagg Youngblood (Young America's Foundation)
 
            (Organizations listed for identification purposes only)
 
 

SOURCE Forgotten American Coalition
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of 44
 conservative leaders released on Monday a Declaration warning Americans of
 the catastrophic consequences of a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
     The Declaration is sponsored by the Forgotten American Coalition. While
 the Declaration's signers include some defense/foreign policy
 conservatives, most are recognized Values Voter leaders -- social
 conservatives who rarely speak out on the War on Terrorism. The include Don
 Wildmon (American Family Association), Pat Robertson ("700 Club" and Regent
 University), Paul Weyrich (Free Congress Foundation), John Hagee
 (Christians United for Israel), Lou Sheldon (Traditional Values Coalition),
 Tim and Beverly LaHaye (Concerned Women for America) and Phil Burress
 (Citizens for Community Values).
     Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer is the Coalition's chairman.
 He noted: "Many of the signers -- who lead organizations with millions of
 members -- are usually associated with issues like abortion, marriage and
 the family. Still, they feel compelled to speak out against a cut-and-run
 strategy being pushed by isolationists inside and beyond the confines of
 Congress."
     Don Feder, a member of the steering committee of the Forgotten American
 Coalition observed: "By signing this declaration, religious conservatives
 are saying: 'Yes, we care about marriage, the family and the unborn. But we
 also care about national security, the morale of our servicemen and women
 and the war on terrorism.' The left, which thinks neo-cons are the only
 ones on the right opposing an Iraq withdrawal, had better think again."
     Quoting from the Declaration: "The Iraq war must be seen in the broader
 context of Islamo-fascism's war on America and Western Civilization... . If
 we pull out now, or announce a timetable for withdrawal, the region will be
 destabilized and Israel further endangered. Iran and Syria, two legs of the
 axis of evil, will become far more powerful..."
     "The Iraqis who supported our presence and trusted America will be
 subjected to vicious reprisals by fanatics who have demonstrated their
 utter ruthlessness..."
     "It took 20 years to recover from the demoralizing experience of our
 failure in Vietnam... . How will we convince young Americans to enlist in
 the next effort to combat terrorism, if -- by withdrawing now -- we tacitly
 admit that more than 3,600 of our service men and women died in vain?"
     The Declaration -- The Tragic Consequences of A U.S. Withdrawal From
 Iraq -- is below, along with a complete list of signers.
     The Iraq Declaration is the first project of the Forgotten American
 Coalition (FAC). The first 10 signers are member of the FAC Steering
 Committee.
             The Tragic Consequences of A U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq
     As leaders of the conservative movement and concerned citizens, the
 undersigned wish to make our fellow Americans aware of the tragic
 consequences of a precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
     Historically, conservatives have always been cautious about foreign
 intervention and the concept of nation-building. Moreover, conservatives
 have always viewed national security as the principal reason for foreign
 intervention.
     Still, regardless of what one thinks of the president's decision to
 overthrow Saddam Hussein and to try to bring representative government to
 Iraq, we have been engaged there for the past four years at a cost of over
 3,600 American lives.
     Our military leaders warn us that a withdrawal under fire would be a
 geopolitical disaster.
     The Iraq War must be seen in the broader context of Islamo-fascism's
 war on America and Western Civilization. It is one front in a global
 conflict fought from Europe and the Middle East to Africa, the Balkans, the
 Indian Subcontinent and, finally, to the streets of our cities.
     If we pull out now or announce a timetable for withdrawal, the region
 will be destabilized and Israel further endangered. Iran and Syria, two
 legs of the axis of evil, will become far more powerful. Reformers in the
 region will be correspondingly weakened -- perhaps fatally so.
     A Middle East in chaos could result in the disruption of energy
 supplies, a plummeting dollar and a devastated U.S. economy.
     9/11 was in part precipitated by the perception of American weakness
 and lack of determination. An Iraq withdrawal before our mission is
 accomplished will convince the terrorists and their state-sponsors that we
 indeed are the proverbial paper tiger.
     The terrorists, including Al Qaeda (which is currently fighting in
 Iraq), will make us bleed every step of the way out of Iraq. Then, sensing
 the tide of history running in their favor, they will attack us with
 renewed vigor on every front.
     Those Iraqis who supported our presence and trusted America will be
 subjected to vicious reprisals by fanatics who have repeatedly demonstrated
 their utter ruthlessness. A bloodbath resembling South Vietnam and Cambodia
 in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal isn't hard to imagine. That is a
 terrible burden for America to carry into the future.
     After undercutting foreign leaders who sided with America, we will look
 in vain for allies for the next confrontation with militant Islam.
     It took 20 years to recover from the demoralizing experience of our
 failure in Vietnam. How long will the post-Iraq malaise last? How will we
 convince young Americans to enlist in the next effort to combat terrorism,
 if -- by withdrawing now -- we tacitly admit that more than 3,600 of our
 serviceman and women died in vain?
     What will we say to the veterans, the returning servicemen and the
 families who lost loved ones in Iraq? We accepted your sacrifices but
 lacked the determination to back you up?
     The main opposition to our involvement in Iraq comes from the
 isolationist left, which wants more than withdrawal on that front.
     It also wants a pull-out from Afghanistan, negotiations with the
 Iranian and Syrian regimes, the abandonment of Israel and a "dialogue" with
 Hamas and Hezbollah. An Iraq withdrawal could leave the surrender lobby in
 charge of U.S. foreign policy for the foreseeable future.
     When it comes to a threat to our national security, the easy course is
 usually the wrong course. Imagine if, a month after D-Day, Washington
 announced that if victory wasn't secured by the winter, we would begin
 withdrawing American forces from Europe.
     The casualty figures concern us too. But which course is most likely to
 save American lives in the longrun -- not to mention protect our freedom --
 appeasement in the form of a precipitous withdrawal or staying the course?
     We believe the latter is the only sensible policy, and urge our fellow
 Americans not to succumb to defeatism. In the words of General Douglas
 MacArthur, who led American forces in the Pacific during World War II," In
 war, there is no substitute for victory."
     Signed,
 
     Gary Bauer (Chairman, Forgotten American Coalition)
     Joe Barrek
     Chris Carmouche (GrassTopsUSA.com)
     Don Feder (Don Feder Associates)
     Janet Folger (Faith2Action)
     Richard Ford (Heritage Alliance PAC)
     Rick Scarborough (Vision America)
     Mike Valerio
     Paul Weyrich (Free Congress Foundation)
     Don Wildmon (American Family Association)
       (the foregoing all are members of the Forgotten American Coalition
        Steering Committee)
     Daniel Pipes (Middle East Forum)
     Pat Robeison ("700 Club")
     Phillip Jauregui (Judicial Action Group)
     Phil Burress (Citizens for Community Values)
     William J. Federer (AmeriSearch)
     Wendy Wright (Concerned Women for America)
     Dr. Janice Crouse (Beverly LaHaye Institute)
     Dr. Jack Wheeler (Freedom Research Foundation)
     Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Toward Tradition)
     Frank Gaffney (Center for Security Policy)
     Herb Zweibon (Americans for a Safe Israel)
     Lou Sheldon (Traditional Values Coalition)
     Mona Charen (syndicated columnist)
     Morton Blackwell (Conservative Leadership PAC)
     Gary Cass (Christian Anti-Defamation Commission)
     Pastor John Hagee (Citizens United for Israel)
     Larry Cirignano (Catholic activist)
     Star Parker (Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education)
     Clifford May (Foundation for the Defense of Democracies)
     Jim Laffejy (Christian Seniors Association)
     Michael Heath (Christian Civic League of Maine)
     Ted Baehr (MovieGuide.org)
     Mathew Staver (Liberty Counsel)
     Colin Hanna (Let Freedom Ring)
     Craig Shirley (Shirley And Bannister Public Affairs)
     Ron Wexler (Ten Commandments Commission)
     Foster Friess (Friess Associates Inc.)
     Tim LaHaye (minister and author)
     Beverly LaHaye (Concerned Women for America)
     Dr. Rod Majin (The Vanguard.Org)
     Melanie Morgan (MoveAmericaForward.org)
     Elaine Donnelly (Center for Military Readiness)
     Ron Robinson (Young America's Foundation)
     Flagg Youngblood (Young America's Foundation)
 
            (Organizations listed for identification purposes only)
 
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