I think Terrance is right: the anti-Bush forces will be tarred with whatever failures or undesirable outcomes because we didn’t support the war, and didn’t “support the troops.” How the Left undercut “the troops” is a part of the folk-wisdom of the United States; somehow this was a greater evil than, say, the carpet-bombing of Cambodia. Go figure. Just remember that facts themselves don’t constitute a debate or a defense.
But the really galling part is how hostile the current Administration is against the very troops they profess to need and defend.
If the Adminstration is unwilling to fulfill its just obligations for the veterans we have as to their health needs and benefits, then the Administration is hurting the troops today.
If the Administration leaves some low-ranking troops so underpaid that their families need food aid or other public aid, then the Administration is hurting the troops today.
As a member of the anti-war Left, I care precisely because I grew up in a military family and know that the federal government will try to make economies with those who risked everything for our nation. I know I’m not the only blogger with this background.
Before we get tarred with unpatriotism, those who care for justice, fair and transparent government, peaceful international relations, the strategic alternatives to terrorist sympathies, and the rights of those who serve need to make it loudly and publically clear that we really do support the troops with more than cheap slogans.