Saturday, July 21, 2007

You CAN'T Support the Troops, But Not Their Mission

They Don't Really Support the Troops

Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, emerged on the American political scene two years ago. Distraught and unstable, she was shamelessly exploited by opponents of George W. Bush and the war while such exploitation seemed to pay political benefits. When she became an embarrassment, she, like others before her, was tossed onto the trash heap of history by her progressive minders.

Sheehan was useful to the antiwar left in a particular way. As Jonathan Cohn put it in the September 12, 2005, New Republic, "Sheehan's value isn't as a barometer of public opinion or as a source of foreign policy wisdom. It's as proof of one very simple point: that a person can criticize the war and still support the troops."

It's unclear that Sheehan was particularly interested in "supporting the troops"--unless one means by that lamenting the fate of the troops as victims. The fact that relatively few soldiers see themselves as victims, the fact that few families understand their loved ones' service and sacrifices in that light--that didn't matter. What mattered to the left was that it was dangerous politically not to "support the troops."

Of course the antiwar left hated what the troops were doing, fighting the enemy in Iraq, and they hated the troops' goal, victory in Iraq. So "supporting the troops" meant feeling sorry for them, or pretending to--something antiwar politicians and media did with great hand-wringing and hoopla.

With the ongoing progress of the surge, and the obvious fact that the vast majority of the troops want to fight and win the war, the "support-the-troops-but-oppose-what-they're-doing" position has become increasingly untenable.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Left:If you don't stand behind our troops, then please, stand in front of them. J'Mac.

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

JohnnyMac, good advice! LOL!
Silly position they have staked out!

tmw

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Patrica, how are you? Summer has been acting more like the end of September here on the Jersey Shore,strange, but nice. J'Mac.

1:41 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

My part of Florida has just moved into the 90's this past week. Which makes us almost 2 months late...global warming anyone?
Of course my power bill was lower for those 2 months! My bank account loved it!

tmw

3:40 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Democrats don't support the troops anyway, with or without supporting the war. Not that they've supported a war since Vietnam. They're all full of bull, talking out of both sides of their mouths. They're all totally deranged.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet ... and yet...
It is the troops who keep our democracy alive , allow the DEMS to spew their goo..

I so despise them.

batya

5:44 PM  
Blogger Les Ismore said...

"You can support the troops but not the president."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

Sheesh....Dont you just LOVE the Google?

9:46 AM  

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