Is it possible to, as the overused, anti-war shibboleth suggests, support the troops without supporting the war? I say yes, absolutely!
Currently, the “Top Story” on Topix.net is a story from the CBS affiliate, KDKA with a headline that reads: Cheney: House Doesn’t Support U.S. Troops. Here is just a snippet from that article (the “money quote” if you will):
“Cheney called it a myth that ‘one can support the troops without giving them the tools and reinforcements they need to carry out their mission.'”
Vice President Cheney seems to be ignoring a basic fact in his effort to distort reality. The House voted to give the “troops” $124 billion for whatever they need . . . Cheney’s accusation is obviously rhetorical rather than factual.
It’s the Mission Stupid
As most of the “anti-war” faction sees it, the troops are heroes; they deserve our universal support and respect because they are fighting and dying in the name of the United States but more than that, they deserve to be allowed to win this war or any other war they are thrown into. Our war in the Middle-East has been, at least in my view, mismanaged and, as much as I hate to agree with the likes of Nancy Pelosi, I have to agree with her, at least in general, when she says: “The American people have lost faith in the president’s conduct of this war.” Certainly not ALL of the American people; ALL of the American people agree on nothing but I have certainly lost faith in the president’s conduct as Commander and Chief. The way I see it, we have been reduced to the position of referees in a situation that has increasingly little to do with us.
That said, I have to switch sides and say that we should absolutely NOT set a deadline for troop withdrawal. When you have an enemy, whether its on a foreign battlefield or right in your neighborhood, the very LAST thing you want to do is show weakness. The House’s proposed deadline to leave Iraq (even though it will be vetoed one way or another) has already been put on a platter and served to the world through the media. Our weakness has already been broadcast to every terrorist cell in the world and our already (and increasingly) tenuous position in Iraq has been illuminated.
The Bottom Line
The war in Iraq may not be going well but that doesn’t diminish the fact that we have an enemy that is not capable of civilized behavior and who draws no lines between killing soldiers and killing civilians — that is the essential definition of a terrorist and they ‘wear it well.’ We must ALL remember that ending the War in Iraq, however it eventually ends, will NOT eliminate the threat — the bottom line is, the threat will only be eliminated when the radical elements within the Islamic religion are eliminated and that can only be done within the Nation of Islam.
The Sunday Timed (South Africa): No early Iraq pullout
What the blogs are saying:
Nuke’s News and Views: Cheney joins the fray
Bookworm Room: Pork and surrender