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Manion Discusses ‘Victory’ With Vets

(Extracted From the Tom Manion Website article by Bradley Vasoli The Bulletin)

Philadelphia – Congressional candidate Tom Manion gathered with members of Vets for Freedom last night at Field House Sports Bar, arguing that success in Iraq can come only with a decisive military victory.

“You can’t really have success if you leave that country with no consideration of the consequences,” said Mr. Manion, who served 30 years in the Marine Corps and worked 18 years at Johnson & Johnson. He is running for the U.S. House of Representatives against freshman representative and Iraq War veteran U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-8th, of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Capt. Pete Hegseth and Sgt. David Bellavia, who head the group Veterans for Freedom, joined Mr. Manion to discuss the import of backing a sustained presence in Iraq until the young democracy is stabilized. They said whatever one’s party affiliation or views on the wisdom of any military undertaking, the importance of success should take precedence when choosing political leadership.

“Nowhere on our dog tags does it say ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat,’” Capt. Hegseth said. “Issues of war and peace should never be waged in the realm of politics.”

The two noted their organization endorses Democrats as well as Republicans, as long as the candidate commits to opposing withdrawal timetables and other war policies they say would imperil victory.

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