NBC News recently did a “report” from Iraq in which they interviewed three of our soldiers. These three young men all expressed frustration that the folks back home weren’t supporting their mission. They didn’t think it was possible to support the troops and not support their mission.
The YouTube video is here.
This view was expressed by three of our soldiers in Iraq. There are now 130,000 American soldiers in Iraq, with 20,000 more on the way. Three out of 130,000 is 0.000023%. Hardly a majority.
Unlike the hateful and spiteful right wing bloggers who have chosen to use the opinions of these three men as proof that the majority of Americans hate our troops because they oppose the Republican war in Iraq, I choose to believe that the vast majority of our troops are appreciative of the support sent their way by the citizens of the United States.
Washington Post blogger William M. Arkin gave the wingnuts more to blab about with this blog entry. I do not agree with everything that Mr. Arkin wrote, though I can understand his frustration upon viewing that NBC report. I’m just thankful that most of our troops do not share the defeatist attitude displayed by the three soldiers interviewed by NBC or the right wing bloggers who have elevated them to hero status.
For the record, I support our troops. I want them out of Iraq as soon as possible. They deserve more than to serve as targets in the middle of a civil war. They deserve more than to serve as political pawns for dishonest and unpatriotic Republican politicians. They deserve our honor and our respect.
Their current civilian commanders do not.
I am truly sorry that three of our soldiers in Iraq do not feel that the citizens of their home country support them. They have my sympathy. It must be terrible to feel that way.