If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times, to say you don't support the war in Iraq, yet you support the troops is a lie. I invite you to go to the L.A. Times (www.latimes.com) and read the op ed by Joel Stein titled "Warriors and wusses.
"And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken - and they're wussy by definition", writes Mr. Stein. In his opinion, those who show support publicly by wearing ribbons or putting magnetic ribbons on a car's bumper are merely trying to ease the guilt of the war.
"But blaming the president is a little too easy. The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be ineffiecient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying".
"But when you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you're not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you're willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse". Ah, yes, Mr. Stein. American Imperialism at play again. How original. I believe the country is still called Iraq, not Iraq, American territory, like say Puerto Rico.
And the closing thought from Mr. Stein: "I'm not advocating that we spit on returning veterans like they did after the Vietnam War, but we shouldn't be celebrating people for doing something we don't think was a good idea. All I'm asking is that we give our returning soldiers what they need: hospitals, pensions, mental health and a safe, immediate return. But, please, no parades". Well, "we" think the removal of Saddam was a good idea. And "we" think it is so generous of you to not call for spitting on vets.
How terribly liberal of you.