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I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

On "Supporting the Troops"

Yellow ribbons abound since 9/11 six years ago. Hypocritically, they are all over big, gas-guzzling SUV's without which there would be no need for troops in Iraq, as if that were really effective in keeping gas prices down. Remember that before we cut and ran when we had Osama surrounded so that we could go attack Saddam, Gas was $1.60 a gallon.

"Support the Troops!" they yell. Yet anyone who expresses doubts about the stupid policies that have put the troops in harm's way is accused of "not supporting the troops." Those who want to bring the troops to safety are "not supporting the troops." Those who want to uphold the Constitution are accused of "not supporting the troops." Well, you know the drill.

I submit to you that sending troops into battle without adequate armor is not supporting the troops. Sending the troops into battle without adequate rest is not supporting the troops. Giving no-bid contracts to KBR/Halliburton to feed the troops out-dated food is not supporting the troops.

I submit to you that forcing injured troops back into battle without adequate recuperation is not supporting the troops

We are accused of being hypocritical for saying we support the troops but oppose the war that has killed 3700 of them. They say more and more and more have to die so that we won't "fail" in Iraq, even though there is no definition given for what victory would actually be, as Ambassador Crocker admitted to Congress yesterday.

I submit to you that it is hypocritical to say you support the troops, yet support sending them to face death and dismemberment for no good cause (no, Iraq is not part of the "war on terrorism." It is feeding al Qaeda and making America and the rest of the world less safe). You are not supporting the troops when you blindly follow the would-be dictator that has fired every General whose military judgment disagrees with those of the chicken hawks who never served this country in uniform, and that includes the Commander-in-Chief, who went AWOL from the Air National Guard when drug testing started.

I say, support the troops by impeaching the Liar-in-Chief and his power behind the throne, Cheney.


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