Thanks to Mike Pusatera for the heads up on this topic. A column was written by Joel Stein in which he states that he doesn’t support the troops. To many this will be the end of the dialoge, those of you who choose to read the actual context of his remarks may not agree with what he says, but I sure do. Stein’s comments on why he doesn’t support the troops illustrate a point that I have been convey for some time:.n
“Blindly lending support to our soldiers, I fear, will keep them overseas longer by giving soft acquiescence to the hawks who sent them there — and who might one day want to send them somewhere else. Trust me, a guy who thought 50.7% was a mandate isn’t going to pick up on the subtleties of a parade for just service in an unjust war. He’s going to be looking for funnel cake.”
.nI posted this comment on Mike Pusatera’s blog:.n
As an OIF vet, I have tried to make that point to many people but it has blown them away that anyone would ever admit to not supporting the troops. If you indeed think that this fake support for the real people that are fighting in a fake war is contributing to their untimely deaths, why would you support them? In that context I don’t support the troops either. I actually used to get a bad feeling in my stomach when I would read of people destroying Dixie Chicks CD’s or attending Pro-war rallies in the Stars and Stripes. I believe that the mistreatments and lack of respect for the military during the Vietnam era ultimatly led to the end of the war. Hail Hail free speech!