Can you support the troops if you don't support the war? The troops themselves weigh in, with their wallets:
Individuals in the Army, Navy and Air Force made those branches of the armed services among the top contributors in the 4th Quarter, ranking No. 13, No. 18 and No. 21, respectively. In 2007, Republican Ron Paul, who opposes U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, was the top recipient of money from donors in the military, collecting at least $212,000 from them. Barack Obama, another war opponent, was second with about $94,000.(H/t Think Progress)
My good friend Kyle Moore, who is himself an ex-serviceman, adds:
That’s a pretty sizeable sum, especially when you stop to consider that these folks aren’t exactly the richest in the world (I know this from first hand. It’s a good salary, just not a stellar one).can so many soldiers really be phonies? Will someone ask Rush Limbaugh?
So, if all the hawks are saying that you have to support the war to support the troops, I think the message returned from the troops is “No thanks.”