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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Supporting the Troops: Issues of Honesty

A while back I asked how you could support the troops, yet believe their mission in Iraq is wrong. Dennis Prager asks the same question, and concludes the answer is that you can't do both:

Liberals, Democrats and others on the Left frequently state that they "support the troops." For most of them, whether they realize it or not, this is not true. They feel they must say this because the majority of Americans would find any other position unacceptable. Indeed, for most liberals, the thought that they really do not support the troops is unacceptable even to them.
And this:

Lest this argument be dismissed as an attack on leftist Americans' patriotism, let it be clear that leftists' patriotism is not the issue here. Their honesty is.

In order to understand this, we need to first have a working definition of the term "support the troops." Presumably it means that one supports what the troops are doing and rooting for them to succeed. What else could "support the troops" mean? If you say, for example, that you support the Yankees or the Dodgers, we assume it means you want them to win.

Read the whole thing. I'm curious how my friends on the left will answer this article. I truly don't understand how you can say you support the men and women serving in Iraq, yet believe it is an evil war. That certainly appears to me to be a contradiction, and a hypocritical stance to take. Maybe a future topic for Balance of Power?

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