LT Jason Nichols, U.S. Navy, currently serving on active duty as an information professional in Baghdad, Iraq, is a founder of Appeal For Courage. Nichols' email address indicates that he is headquartered at CENTCOM within the Green Zone.
Winning in Iraq
- First, we are winning because of the action in Iraq. Any military strategist will tell you that the force fighting in their own back yard is the losing force.
- Second, you are attacking our means of fighting, but you don't provide any alternative.
- Unless you can answer that, there's no reason to address your criticisms.
- Note: More comments by usnjay follow.
WMDs not primary cause of war in Iraq
On May 24, 2006, veritas posted the following in the comments section of the Democracy Cell Project Blog posting "You Can't Outsource Diplomacy":
- Some winger on my Kos page actually wrote this:
- Yes. WMD's were related to the war, but not a primary cause. So soldiers didn't die looking for them, they died for freedom and American's security. I'm referring to the soldiers overall, not individuals. Yes I'm sure some individual soldiers died while looking for WMD's. I'm sure some died from auto accidents, but that wasn't the reason they are in the country.
- by usnjay
Extremists "losing by inches"
Writing about the suicide bomber at the Iraqi parliament, Nichols posted the following April 12, 2007, in the comments section at Hot Air Blog:
- Hi from the Green Zone.
- No doubt this is a terrible event, but it’s nothing new. The extremists are losing by inches, and they don’t have a way to win long term. The only way they can win is if we pull out before the Iraqi military and police are ready, and that doesn’t seem likely with Bush as President. More and more Republicans seem willing to support victory even if it hurts them politically. Bad for the short-term health of the Republican party, but good for Americans, Iraqis, and the world.
- And just as terrorists are angering millions of average Arabs, Democrats are angering thousands of military members. Bad for both, long term.
- So keep the big picture in mind, and keep fighting the good fight.
- LT Jason Nichols
- MNF-I, Baghdad
LT Jason Nichols, USN, USTRANSCOM TCJ6-P, Heartland Region, AFCEA International (Association for Communications and Electronics Professionals), was recognized among 2007 "Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Regional Honorees. Nichols "co-chaired the Scott-St. Louis Chapter’s most significant event during the Chapter’s program cycle, TechNet Mid-America 2006. This event was the best ever in the Midwest, earning over $25K for the Chapter’s Scholarship fund, attracting 850 participants, over 90 exhibitors, and engaging many current and former Flag Officers. LT Nichols executed this event flawlessly, seeing to every detail from planning to implementation."
Jason Nichols has been registered under the name usnjay as a blogger at Free Republic since September 18, 2004. His FR profile shows him as on the web at appealforcourage.org with an email address of jason AT quantumland.com.
Email: committee AT appealforcourage.org
By Jason Nichols
- "Launch of Pro-mission site by military, for military," Appeal for Courage, February 13, 2007. Posted on Free Republic by Nichols using his FR name usnjay.
- "An opinion from soldiers in Iraq," It's Your Times / St. Petersburg Times, March 16, 2007.
- With SSG Dave Thul, "Text of AppealForCourage.org’s Appeal for Redress," Stars and Stripes, March 18, 2007.
- With SSG Dave Thul, Opinion: "2 Plans for Iraq," Army Times, April 2, 2007.
- "Open Letter to Senator Reid on His Declaration of Defeat," April 27, 2007. From LT Jason Nichols, USN MNF-I, Baghdad, to Sen. Harry Reid. Published April 2007 by News Blaze and Free Republic .
- Jason Nichols, "An Appeal for Courage," Human Events Online, April 30, 2007. Also posted on Grassroots Conservative Majority. A conservative political blog.
- Blogs in 2006 on the U.S. economy and oil prices and the Republican Party as usnjay at The Futurist.
- Blogs in 2006 on terrorism, terrorists, and the war on terrorism as usnjay at DocStrangeLove.com here and here.
- Comments in 2006 on climate change/global warming at Daily Kos and was identified as a troll, particularly when he used Friends of Science as "proof".
- Forum posts, Topic: "American Heroes Murdered In Iraq - 3,352," ArgusLeaderMedia.com, April 30, 2007: Includes the comment: "We got so acclimated to all the lies by the Clinton administration that we don't know what a lie is anymore."
- Forum posts, Topic: "Sexual harrassment remains endemic," ArgusLeaderMedia.com, May 1, 2007.
Interviews with Jason Nichols
- Video, Fox News, February 22, 2007: Nichols "[t]alks to 'Your World with Neil Cavuto' about spearheading a petition to allow service members to stay in country until Iraqi and Afghan Security Forces are competent enough to defend their respective country." Also see YouTube link.
- Casey, "I Introduce You To Iraqnophobia," Needs of the Many Blogspot, April 20, 2007.
About Jason Nichols
- Ircimages in the Encyclopedia Dramatica. See comments about usnjay (Jason Nichols).
- Appeal for Courage in the Wikipedia.
- Carey Gillam, "U.S. Groups Mount Grass-Roots Battle Over Iraq," Reuters (Common Dreams), March 11, 2007.
- Joe Garofoli, "The few, the proud, the disillusioned," Scripps Howard News Service (San Francisco Chronicle; Evansville, Ind.), Courier Press; Common Dreams), April 7, 2007.
- W. Thomas Smith, Jr., Opinion: "Troops In Iraq Plead For Support," National Review Online (CBS News), April 23, 2007.
- The Angry Rakkasan, "VoteVets Shows Support for Reid; Right Wing Meltdown Ongoing," Daily Kos, April 27, 2007. See reference to Nichols: "An intel soldier who’s never seen action."
- "Scripps article uncritically reported that RNSC attack ad contains quotes from U.S. troops," Media Matters for America, April 30, 2007.