A group of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has started a White House petition to send the message that “American weakness is dangerous.”
In a letter to the president, the group Vets for Freedom outlines the administration’s dangerous approach to national security.
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.
The group has created multiple videos made from interviews with soldiers who fought in Iraq's Anbar province and family members of soldiers who were killed in Iraq.