The war and the soldiers

posted by Jeff | Thursday, October 11, 2007, 3:11 PM | comments: 0

I saw an editorial today in The Miami Herald that is one of the most common sense things I've read regarding the "support the troops" versus "hate the war" issues. In particular:

Some of us are old enough to remember the mistreatment of soldiers who returned to this country from service in Vietnam. ''Baby killers'' was one of the more printable epithets hurled at them. We had not yet learned to separate the war from the warriors; to the contrary, we transferred our anger over a controversial war to those who made no policy, made no decisions, whose only role was to serve as honorably as they could and try to get the heck out of there in one piece.

Very well put.

Although, he does lump the general in with soldiers instead of the policy makers, which I don't entirely agree with. Sure, he's working under the directive of the commander-in-chief, but he still has to make the daily decisions on the ground and I think is a fair target for criticism. The ad is fair in its assessment of the situation itself, but would've been a lot more effective without the name calling.

I hadn't even heard about the Rush Limbaugh nonsense, but I suppose when no one cares about what he has to say, the only choice is to piss off the people who hang on your every word as well.


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