The "Support Our Troops" placard has become both omnipresent and obsequious; everyone from the biggest war-mongerers with their demands of of supporting the president and the troops no matter what to the anti-war left with the "support our troops--bring them home now" campaigns. In fact, it seems like the one thing everyone can agree on is that the troops should be supported.
So it raises the painfully ackward question of when it's ok to not support them.
For example, now my generation's not-Vietnam has its own not-MyLai (which, of course, was denied as long as possible), many other allegations are coming out. Possibly the worst among them being the group of soldiers who murdered an entire family so that they could rape their young daughter and then kill her as well.
Now, I know that most of the soldiers we have over there are brave and dedicated and are trying their best to do what's right, but if you know anything about how wars are operated, then you know these horrors are just the tip of the iceberg. For every one that's reported, one can only imagine how many similar massacres go unreported.
So is that what we're supporting when we support our troops? Or are these incidents really the abberrations the Pentagon claims they are? Or is it time to start putting an asterisk after the statement and noting that we only support the troops that aren't raping and murdering, or at least outside of the sanctioned rape and murder that's necessary for victory?
I don't know, but it's certainly a great deal to think about before breakfast...