Values Vote Leaders Sign Declaration Against Iraq Withdrawal

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...

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."

SOURCE Forgotten American Coalition