Last Thursday, hours after Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., proclaimed the Iraq War "lost," U.S. Navy Lt. Jason Nichols was e-mailing Michelle Malkin from his office in Baghdad with a message for Reid.
"Your [Reid's] words are killing us," Nichols writes. "Your statements make the Iraqis afraid to help us for fear we'll leave them unprotected in the future."
Earlier that day - before Reid's infamous declaration of defeat - I was on the phone with Nichols, who told me, "We are winning," explained to me how he knows we are winning, why the troops actually doing the fighting continue to support the war effort, and what he and others are doing to get the facts in front of the American people.
Nichols, a Naval officer currently serving in Iraq, oversees a grassroots effort recently launched by a small group of active-duty servicemen and women hoping to communicate to Congress "the troops' desire to remain in Iraq" until the mission is complete.
The effort - AppealforCourage.org - has been collecting signatures for a petition that reads:
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.
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