Kenneth Thiesen of the Berkeley Daily Planet has an op-ed today entitled "Commentary: Why I Don't Support the Troops". He gets the same answer that shock-jock Joel Stein got when he tried exactly the same op-ed (only better written) back in January of 2006.
He's a blethering gobshite.
Of course, the Right loves it - "look! they really don't support the troops after all!"
And I'm personally sick of all the latte-sipping idiots of both Left and Right who want to tell working class people that they can't support other working class people without supporting an awful mission or the awful individuals who commit atrocities while carrying out that mission.
I'm going to be very rude and quote myself from January 2006.
just for the idiots I will lay it out as simply as I can.And Jason, I wasn't ignoring it - I was just busy with other things and got to it as soon as I could. Must I repeat myself every time just because you wish me too?
We all have the right:
To agree or disagree with our nation's wars, even while they are being fought.
To disagree with the way the war is being fought if we think different leaders, strategies or tactics would fight it better.
To call for a halt to the war, or a portion of it, if we think the incompetence of national and military leaders means we aren't winning or suffering unacceptable/unneccessary losses.
To support each soldiers individual decision on whether their orders are lawful or not. Only the individual soldier can make that decision for him or herself.
To support the poor bloody infantry by wanting them to have the best of equipment, the best of leaders, the best of tactics and the luck or acumen to not have themselves killed or too many bystanders or enemies killed. We are all, first and foremost, human and every death is a tragedy to some extent.
I can support the troops, both British and American, while not supporting the war in Iraq and anyone who says otherwise is a blethering gobshite.