Many pixels have died in the flail that was yesterday’s Early Warning post and if you haven’t seen them yet go to Blackfive, LGF, CQ, Powerline, OPFOR, etc. I don’t know that it would do much good to add to the cacophony but as a former soldier (like Arkin) I feel compelled to make the smallest point:
“Troops” exist for one and only one reason: to defend the nation. The exact words used when being sworn-in are “defend the Constitution” and the practical application of those words includes the homeland, its people and national interests. It follows then that if you truly support the troops you are obliged by definition to support what they are doing. They all have family or friends back home so they are already aware that people care for them as individuals, they don’t need more love from strangers in the feel-good crowd.
If you don’t support the war – a right soldiers die trying to protect – then have the stones to say so. If you can’t muster the will then have the common decency to not insult them.