UPDATE: 00:29 Saturday
The NARN interview is a no-go, due to technical issues on this end. I'll try to get tht worked out and hopefully reschedule.
First, a mea culpa. We may have missed a chance for a live TV interview yesterday. I honestly hadn't considered the possibility of doing live TV, and at 7:00 in the evening, even in a war zone, the office types are all off duty. I'll be checking on the TV capability of Al Asad this morning, so that if another chance comes up we wont miss it.
The Investor's Business Daily talks about the lack of media coverage,
Hugh Hewett talks about morale authority and the Appeal for Courage,
Fox News notes the presentation of the Appeal to members of Congress,
Blonde Sagacity chimes in,
as well as Soldiers Angel's blog
Here is the press release from Sen Graham's office-
Graham Accepts Petition Signed by Service Members Urging Congress to Support Iraq Mission
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) led U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives in accepting a petition - the Appeal for Courage -- signed by more than 2,800 U.S. service members urging Congress to support the mission in Iraq and end calls for retreat. A full 60 percent of the petition signers have previously served or are now serving in Iraq .
"The men and women who are doing the fighting and dying -- the ultimate stakeholders -- want to send a different message than Congress is sending," said Graham. "They want people to know they are committed to Victory in Iraq and they don't want Congress to undercut them. They know victory is possible. I hear them and I wish others would too."
The Appeal for Courage petition was started in February by two U.S. service members serving in Iraq : Lieutenant Jason Nichols, a Navy Information Professional officer and Staff Sergeant David Thul, of the Minnesota National Guard. It states:
"As an American currently serving my nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to fully support our mission in Iraq and halt any calls for retreat. I also respectfully urge my political leaders to actively oppose media efforts which embolden my enemy while demoralizing American support at home. The War in Iraq is a necessary and just effort to bring freedom to the Middle East and protect America from further attack."
The petition was presented by Bob Wallace, Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), on behalf of the petitioner's organizers. The elected officials at the event included Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Congressman Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), and Congressman Adam Putnam (R-Florida).
In a statement this morning LT Nichols and SSG Thul said:
"This Appeal is a direct communication to Congress from the currently serving military troops. We are respectfully asking for full support in finishing the mission you assigned us here in Iraq . Patience and resolve will result in a stable democratic country in the Middle East . Early withdrawal will result in a stronger enemy, a weaker America , and a demoralized US Armed forces. Building a new democracy takes time, and we are making steady progress. We need your support to finish the job."
I'll be watching for more coverage over the next several days. If you see something I haven't listed, please let me know.
For all you Vikings fans out there (okay, Packers fans too), I'm working out the details for an interview on the Northern Alliance Radio Show this Saturday. More info when I get it.
And the best news of all, over 100 more members of the military signed the Appeal For Courage in the last 24 hours.