I don't get all the hub-bub about Joel Stein's recent admission that he doesn't support the troops.

And I've got no problem with other people — the ones who were for the Iraq war — supporting the troops. If you think invading Iraq was a good idea, then by all means, support away. Load up on those patriotic magnets and bracelets and other trinkets the Chinese are making money off of.

But I'm not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken — and they're wussy by definition. It's as if the one lesson they took away from Vietnam wasn't to avoid foreign conflicts with no pressing national interest but to remember to throw a parade afterward.

I think he's exactly right. Our troops are all volunteers, and it's totally disingenuous for someone to claim that they "support" the troops and yet think their mission is evil and imperialistic. Why would you support a volunteer engaged in such actions? It's nonsense. Even though I think Joel Stein is wrong in his assessment of the war and foolish for admitting his true feelings about the troops, I've got to tip my hat to him for being honest while most of the people on his side wrap themselves in hypocrisy.



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