Monday, August 06, 2007

Supporting the Troops But Not the War - A Rant

From time to time, I hear neo-conservatives say, "You cannot support the troops, if you do not support their mission." Just about everything the neocons have told us over the last few years has -- at the very best -- been a half-truth, and has much more often been an outright lie. The neocon notion that you can't support the troops if you don't support the neocon's war in Iraq is yet another example of their idiocy -- the idiocy that got us into Iraq in the first place.

For the record, I support the troops. I even support the war in Afghanistan. But I do not support the war in Iraq. If neocons are too simple minded to grasp how I can do all three of those things at once and still manage to chew gum too, then that's their problem, not mine.

I miss the old fashioned conservatives I grew up with. I always could respect them and saw eye to eye with them on many issues. But these neocons don't even deserve to be thought of as conservative. They are a ruthless, cynical new breed of something -- but that something is not genuine conservative.

Well, that's my rant for the day. Have I completely lost it or is there some truth in what I've said?


decrepitoldfool said...

You're darn right they're not real conservatives. Forgive the blogwhoring but I have been saying that for a while. I'll be mentioning it again on Wednesday.

Paul said...

Those were interesting reads, DOF. Thank you!

By the way, I've been looking forward to your Wednesday post.

stevo said...

I agree, you can support the troops and not the war. They are real people, dying. The war is a imperialistic conquest hard to rationally understand.

Canadian troops are in Afghanistan. I support them (as many of my friends have served in that country). They do their jobs as they are told to, like most of us.

Unlike you, Paul, I don't support the conflict. Based on the giant lies to start the Iraqi conflict can any of the rationale used to invade Afghanistan be believed? I'll repost my calculations of what the money spent by the Canadian government in this dubious conflict could have been spent on.

I promised myself I wouldn't get myself into a lather over politics on my new blog. Oh well.

Paul said...

Stevo, I believe I recognize your feelings about politics. I promise myself most days to stay out of politics. Some days I am successful. Too many days I am not.

ordinarygirl said...

I'm disenchanted with both parties, but listening to neocons makes me feel physically ill. Of course you can support the troops and not the war. What a silly notion to say that's not possible.

Kay said...

I was thinking about this today actually. It's an unspoken (but encouraged) company policy that the employees wear red on Fridays to indicate that we support the troops. So far I have not joined in because I didn't want to give the impression that I support the war in Iraq. When it was mentioned by a coworker today it dawned on me that I could wear red and show my support of the troops without supporting the war.

Paul said...

Ordinary Girl, I couldn't agree more! The neocons have taken what little fun there was in politics out of politics and replaced that fun with a gag reflex. I wax and wane between wondering if they are merely grossly incompetent or actually maliciously bent on making this world worse.

Kay, you're right! And I admire the concern you've shown. I could wish everyone were as thoughtful as you are about this matter.