Thursday, January 26, 2006

Support the troops?

A recent column in the L.A. Times about why we shouldn't "support the troops" in Iraq has provoked a great deal of controversy. Anyone questioning such a deeply-held American shibboleth as "support the troops" is bound to make a few enemies, but if one reads his column, one can see that the columnist makes some excellent points, such as the following:

…we shouldn't be celebrating people for doing something we don't think was a good idea. All I'm asking is that we give our returning soldiers what they need: hospitals, pensions, mental health and a safe, immediate return. But, please, no parades.

—Joel Stein, in The Los Angeles Times

Read the entire column here.

I want U.S military personnel to be well-paid. I want them to receive good health care. I want them to have good equipment. I don't, however, want them in Iraq and I don't support their mission there. Does that mean I don't support the troops?

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