This subject elicits rage with the Lefties and psuedo Democrats in this country. You've got the Michael Moore wannabes pretending to support the troops but in reality they only want to use the troops to push their own agendas. I have always been of the opinion to support the troops you support their success. Dennis Prager presents this argument in a way I never could.
First from Dennis there's this disclaimer:
Lest this argument be dismissed as an attack on leftist Americans' patriotism, let it be clear that leftists' patriotism is not the issue here. Their honesty is.
Then he presents his premis:
In order to understand this, we need to first have a working definition of the term "support the troops." Presumably it means that one supports what the troops are doing and rooting for them to succeed. What else could "support the troops" mean?
I especially like this dissection:
One example is the claim made by Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and almost all other Democrats and liberals that the war in Iraq is "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time." How does one support troops that are fighting a wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Then Dennis has from my perspective the butt kicker of the argument:
A second example is the oft-repeated line, found on liberal bumper stickers, "War is not the answer." Aside from the idiocy of this claim -- war has solved slavery, ended the Holocaust, destroyed Japanese Fascism, preserved half the Korean peninsula from near-genocide, and saved Israel from extinction, among other noble achievements -- the claim offers no support to those who do engage in war.
How could one believe that "war is not the answer" and also claim to "support the troops," the very people waging what is "not the answer"? The answer is, by being dishonest.
Dennis has more on the topic in his usual straight forward and clear manner.
Dennis Prager: The Left doesn't support the troops and should admit it
But, yes, it does all boil down to honesty. One of the groups I had hooked into the summer of 2003 was "Books for Soldiers" (and nope, I'm not linking them). I initially liked the forum set up for connecting with the troops but there were those that slowly crept into the forum with this anti-Bush rhetoric. You know they had tag lines to their signatures which showed the bias. Most people starting out demonstrated no political agendas nor expressed any words reflecting this sentiment. Michael Moore was the 400 lb. gorilla that crept onto the scene with his mockumentary. There was some sort of connection between Moore and the creator of the site and Moore had linked to BFS which flooded the site with Moore-ons. It was not pretty. So, I left. There was alot of dishonesty with the lefties who came to the site and I was concerned about the message which would be sent to our troops. I don't know what BFS is like today so if you are a BFS fan this isn't an indictment of you. My experience was not good, hopefully yours has been.