Political tensions are skyrocketing in anticipation of Gen. David Petraeus’ reporton the progress in Iraq. The war on terror and the Iraq war should not be partisan issues. But there are those who are determined to make them so. If there were ever any doubts about how the Iraq war and the war on terror were being used as a wedge to grab political power, the recent actions of the Democratic leadership put them to rest.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan pro-troop group Move America Forward, chaired by radio talk show host Melanie Morgan, has organized a cross-country, more than 4,384-mile trip during which 27 pro-troop rallies will be held. Titled the "Fight for Victory Tour," the event kicked off on Monday, in Carson City, Nev., in front of Sen. Harry Reid’s office. The tour will end in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, with a giant pro-troop gathering.
In a move that baffles the mind, the Democratic Party is mobilizing against these rallies. In Nevada, at least four Democratic Party Web sites made a call to arms to protest against the Move America Forward rally in Carson City. Why the Democrats would want to organize efforts against a "Fight for Victory Tour" is confounding. Apparently, they do not support our troops or victory for our nation. And they are willing to lie to try to muster support.
In their posts, they call Move America Forward a Republican "pro-war group." Wrong. Move America Forward is a nonpartisan, pro-troop, pro-America group that doesn’t want either to be defeated. The group has Green Party members, Libertarian members and has invited Democrats to join.
They have also attacked Republicans who’ve wavered on the military’s mission, such as Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. They also claim that Move America Forward does not support a change in course in Iraq. False. Move America Forward supported President Bush’s change in strategy with the surge.
Could it be that the Democrats see an American defeat by the terrorists as an opportunity for them to attain more power?
A number of months ago, I was standing next to Melanie Morgan in Washington, D.C., when she encountered a member of our military. She introduced herself and thanked him for his service. The gentleman had served in Iraq. Indicating that she didn’t need to introduce herself, he said, "Ma’am I know exactly who you are." He told her that they all (those serving in Iraq and in the military) knew who she was and what she was doing for them. He expressed the general sentiment that the troops really appreciated her efforts on their behalf. It was an incredibly touching moment.
Again, Morgan and her group are rallying people of all political persuasions to support our military and their efforts due to the debate in Congress that will follow Gen. Petraeus’ report. If the recent actions of the Democratic Party are any indicator, we can expect them to try to force our military to surrender to al-Qaida in Iraq.
I asked Morgan about Petraeus’ report as she drove from the first rally in Carson City, Nev., to the second in Sacramento. She told me that instead of partisans condemning the report from the outset, she hoped that it would get a fair hearing, that Congress be open to all the facts and that the criticism of the troops stops.
If you’d like to support our troops, go to: www.MoveAmericaForward.com for the "Fight for Victory Tour" itinerary to see when they’ll be in a city near you as their caravan crosses the nation.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a regular contributor on HotTalk 560, KSFO’s "The Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan" show.
Kathleen Antrim is a columnist for The Examiner newspapers, is the author of "Capital Offense" and a correspondent for NewsMax Magazine. She can be heard regularly on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco on "The Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan Show."