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Friday, August 26, 2005

'I Support the Troops But Not The War'

I had the opportunity to listen to a portion of the Michael Medved radio show yesterday afternoon as I was driving through central Pennsylvania. The topic of discussion was the mystifying cant of the angry left in this country:

"I support the troops but not the war "

Medved had people calling in to explain what many of us normal people see as an irreconcilable dichotomy. One cannot be a supporter and an opposer at the same time. Each caller made the attempt; Medved brilliantly ripped every argument apart.

Having given the matter some thought, I've decided I understand what these anti-war people mean, though they'll not admit it. Here is what "I support the troops but not the war" really means:

I support the troops as long as they don't do what troops do.

When George HW Bush turned the military into a foreign aid service, providing food aid to hungry Somalians, these people were pleased - and supportive. When Bill Clinton had the troops serve as government relief workers when natural disasters occurred, the anti-war left was proud. They were especially happy, you may recall, when Bill and Hillary had marines - in full dress uniform - serve cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to guests on the White House lawn.

The looney left, therefore, supports the troops as long as the soldiers assume the role of social worker. But when war comes and guns need to be shouldered and bad men need to be killed, the left, though still "supporting" their beloved social workers, despise the work they do.

Michael Medved was able to draw a distinction between "liking the troops" and actually supporting them. As he made clear, you can't very well support them when they are in harm's way and you work to destroy their morale at the same time.

What's interesting about the debates that I listened to is the fact that none of the people who called in to argue with Medved, many of whom seemed extremely angry, were convinced that they were being hypocritical. But then I came to the conclusion long ago that their minds work differently; theyll never be reasoned with.

I've found the following to be most effective when dealing with people like this: Look them straight in the eye and say, "Go away. We've got work to do."

This Should Be Fun

The "reverend" Al Sharpton is going to join Cindy Sheehan in her ditch in Crawford, Texas.

The Rev. Al Sharpton will go to Texas on Sunday to support anti-Bush protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq and who is demanding a troop pullout from that country. (
I'm kinda looking forward to seeing Sharpton's fat ass down there in 100 degree heat sitting in the scorching sun waiting for a President who's sure now to never come out of his house to visit.

I may have to tune in to CNN (for the first time in months) to catch this. It'll be good for a few chuckles.