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I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BUT NOT HOW OUR GOVT USES THEM

Jeff Adams | September 30 2005
Prison Planet (prisonplanet.com)

"I support our troops" has become a popular saying. It didn’t originate with the current ‘War on Terror.’ I first remember hearing this phrase during the first Gulf War, back in the early 1990s. I believe the origin of this saying is found in politicians who may have opposed military action but didn’t want to end up, for re-election purposes, on the wrong side of voters’ views of that war. It harkens back to opposition to the Vietnam War and the mistreatment of veterans. Time has allowed people to see how wrong it was to abuse and bad-mouth the people in uniform back then, as soldiers only fight the battles they are directed to, they don’t pick them (not to mention we had a draft during Vietnam, so many were reluctant soldiers, unlike today where we have an all-volunteer force).

Drive around town and you’ll see folks with stickers on their cars that say ‘I support our troops.’ Of course, there are folks who don’t support our troops (go to //therant.us/hall_of_shame.htm to see one kook who hasn’t got a clue about the kind of people that join our armed forces, or understands their reasons for joining). I don’t have one of those stickers on my truck, but I have taken time to help collect items for gift packages my church has sent to troops, and I pray for the safe return of our troops. On a more personal level, I keep in contact with friends who are serving in Iraq, via e-mail, encouraging them and keeping them updated on things back home. My wife and I have even taken time to fix meals for their families here at home. Small things indeed, but it’s a way of letting the people that matter to us know we care. [...] Read more at
//prisonplanet.com/Pages/Sept05/300905troops.htm


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