remember, fellow citizens, the troops are not the ones making decisions about an invasion.
You can “support the troops” (whatever that means – as if something I do in my daily life is going to affect anything going on in the middle east) and feel like the decision to invade (the one made by the commander-in-chief … not the decision to go to war since that’s the power Congress holds, if they’re still awake) is the wrong choice.
Hiding behind 18-year-old troops is no better than gun control campaigners hiding behind children. Win your fight on logic or abandon it – don’t whine that anyone against you must not be supporting the troops/children/teletubbies/whatever.
Sorry, just gitting sick of the equivalency being drawn in the pro-war press.
Oh, and hating the decisions being made by part of the government also does not make you anti-American. IMHO, it makes you uniquely American – freely expressing your opinion as strongly as you wish, despite it being the opposite of the government (well, again, just a part of it) ruling the country you’re in.
kinda reminds me of entry 15 on my quotes page:
They are a threat to free speech and must be silenced! — Andrea Chen
Not that it matters, but parts of me are on both sides of the “issue”. I just hate seeing techniques like the above being used to “win” such political battles instead of the merits and strengths of each side going against each other. If I wanted a touchy-feely government constantly telling me how I should feel, I would have voted that way.
Saddam may have an ego problem, may have a mean streak, but he’s not a complete idiot. This isn’t the 17th century – he doesn’t need to be in Iraq to lead his military/government/whatever any more than Bush is powerless while he’s on Air Force One. Also, he doesn’t need to have his weapons actually stored in Iraq to have control over them. Our entire invasion (at a geo-political level) is on the assumption that not only does he have WMD (weapons of mass distraction… destruction, whatever) but that they’re located within the borders of Iraq.
Keeping them elsewhere (and the allies for Iraq are growing in count, not diminishing, largely thanks to us) makes sense both on the front of “The US won’t find any WMD during their war and they’ll be publically and permanently humiliated” and “The US can take over the Iraq country all they want – I’ll skip town and run my war from elsewhere”. You think he hasn’t learned lessons from bin Laden?