Supporting the Troops – Two Alternative Voices

I recommend two articles for your consideration.

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This magnetic sticker available for only $3.95 at your local 7-11, not a dime of which goes to support the military

The first, by Michael Moore.

“I don’t support the troops, America, and neither do you. I am tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess what — a lot of these soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines see right through the bull**** of those words, “I support the troops!,” spoken by Americans with such false sincerity — false because our actions don’t match our words.”

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything Mr. Moore says, or how he happens to say it. In this instance, however, he’s speaking truth.

The second, by Steven Salaita.

“If we recognize that the troops are in fact human beings, then we simultaneously accept that they are too complex to be reduced to patriotic ephemera. Such recognition is unusual, though. People speak frequently of “our troops,” highlighting the pronoun as if it is imperative to their sense of national belonging. It is an act of possession that projects fantasies of virtue onto an idealized demographic in the absence of substantive virtuous practices that might otherwise foster national pride.”

would like to support our troops by bringing them all home, but in today’s world, we know that’s not going to happen – at least not while I’m alive. In the meantime, I’ll do all I can to support them with more than just platitudes, by working towards a world where veterans are treated much better than they are now, and one where their honorable services won’t ever be needed again.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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