I ask this question not really knowing if I should or should not. But would I be wrong if I did not support the U.S. troops while they are fighting in combat overseas? If I did say that I do not support our troops, then I can imagine I’d hear a first response of “What!? How could you say such a thing?” Another response I could hear would be a simple, “Why?” Well, I figured that if I said something as bold as ‘I do not support our troops’ then I’d probably will need a good enough reason to follow on why I do not.
First of all, we all know what country we live in, what our country is going through and how our country is handling it. It can be widely agreed upon that the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001. Our president decided to respond to the attack by going after the terrorist who planned and executed it. That led us to find that those terrorist and/or religious extremist were being harbored by the tyrannical government led by the Taliban in Afghanistan. We were also able to track religious extremist to other parts of that region to include Iraq, where some believed (or were led to believe) that they had, or were attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Because of which, we had to take down that regime and help establish a government of democracy where people could be free to live without fear.
That’s where we were. We are now a country at war still fighting to aid in the righteous cause. There’s your side of the country that are for it, and your side of the country that is against it. It is a general consensus that the conservative side are siding with the head of their party and supportive in continuing the operation in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the liberal side say things like it’s an unjust war, we shouldn’t be involved, it’s going way too far, we were misled, etc. But while the liberals will say any of those reasons on why they’re against it, you’ll hear them almost say at the same time that they support our troops. Well, that position to take may be a backwards way of thinking.
“I’m against the war, but I support our troops.” Can that logically be right? Logically, how could you really be against our troops? Doesn’t that sound un-American? To me it would be logical that if you’re going to support the troops then in a way, you kind of have to support what they do. If any thing it’s giving the people who sent the troops overseas a soft “ok”.
But if you’re having further trouble understanding, it’s like saying, “that Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever. He and Reggie Wayne are unstoppable. And once you throw in Joseph Addai, how could they lose? But, too bad I can’t stand football. Don’t like it at all, never want to watch it.” Now, does that make sense? How can you be a big Colts fan, but do not like to watch them play. So I ask again, how can you be supportive of the troops, but do not like the war they are in? If you’re going to support the troops, support the war. If you’re not going to support the war you can’t support the troops.
Not for nothin’, but at best it’s a confusing position to take. I’m sure most the people who are going overseas to put their lives on the line to fight in combat are good guys. They have to be great guys to do that. But can someone put put blind support behind them? Is there any sympathy there? They knew what they were getting into. They knew that they weren’t going to invade Brazil anytime soon. They knew they wanted to fight for their country, especially those who signed up after 9/11. You shouldn’t extend a hand to someone for doing something that you don’t think was right. Might as well give your dog a treat for chewing on your slippers too.
This Veterans Day we’re looking at new leadership coming. Someone who was opposed to at least one of these conflicts that our nation is involved in. Perhaps he’ll lead us to a place where we do not have to be put in this position of support of an unjust war, but wanting to support the troops, any longer.