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"support our troops"

This phrase drives me crazy. Most of the people who utter it or plaster it all over their cars on magnetic yellow "ribbons" (by the way, wasn't that song about a forgotten lover?) don't mean that we should literally support our troops; they mean we should support the Bush-ites in sending them all over the world on corporate-driven adventures. They're expendible, and we shouldn't forget that. I guess that's what we're really supposed to not forget.

And yet. Note that Bush recently told Congress he needs another $150 billion or something to continue pursuing his nonsense occupation of Iraq. And today, Rummy told the press that he's planning to close something like 150 military bases to save a whopping $44 billion or something.

Um, hey, Rummie, get this: If you pull out of Iraq now, you can save that AND another hundred billion tax dollars! Wow, that's, like, three times the savings you'll get from closing bases.

And here's where I circle back to the comment about supporting our troops. The people who literally support our troops - those on the bases, their families, etc. - are about to get the rug pulled out from under them. To save a third of the money he's wasting on an anti-American-propoganda-building war in Iraq.

Tell me how this makes sense? Yeah.

How about this: Support our troops by bringing them home.

Chris

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solan_t
May. 13th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
I want a 'ribbon' that says "bring out troops home!" Know where I can find such an un-American piece of gibberish?
clevermanka
May. 13th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
Your typo made me think of a great slogan. America's Military: Coming Out is not encouraged. I'm sure someone can spruce that up a bit, but there's a start off the top of my head.
solan_t
May. 13th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
I like that one, too!
solan_t
May. 13th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
And typo? Ha! My tongue was simply firmly in my cheek. ;p
solan_t
May. 14th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
Holy .....! it's taken me THIS LONG to actually see my typo..... :O And I was looking and looking for it!
silverfae
May. 14th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
You can get one made here.
I love this site!
"I support more troops than you do"
"My ribbon is better than your ribbon"

Hysterical!
solan_t
May. 14th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oooooo!
mckitterick
May. 15th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)
Those are great!

Chris
minnehaha
May. 13th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
It's not about a forgotten lover. The story is far more complex and interesting than that.

K.
mckitterick
May. 15th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
Fascinating, thanks!

Chris
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mckitterick
May. 15th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, that kind of sends the wrong message....

Chris
lilac_wine
May. 13th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
This is all about rhetorical messages driving the public's opinion. And their spin people are better than ours.
mckitterick
May. 15th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and not just their spin but their technique. And their consistency.

Why oh why didn't we end up with President Dean? He'd've been consistent.

Chris
lilac_wine
May. 15th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
Because the party buckled under and we all lost because of it.
supergee
May. 14th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
This the second time in my life I've wanted to support the troops by bringing them home. I was right then, and I'm right now.
mckitterick
May. 15th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yup and yup. Leave the advisors there to help build a local police force, sure, and such, but get the hell out. Oh, wait, I have a better idea: Don't go in the first place. Ooops, too late.

Chris
blndbmbshltr
May. 15th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
I had just dropped of Nadia at the sitter on my way to work one morning and noticed that I didn't have enough gas to make it to work. This was a few weeks after 911 and I was in my Navy working blues and it's a big no no to be out in public in them. Well I had to take a chance and pulled into a gas station. There were about six people in line and I asked if I could cut (explained to them why , of course) and they all said yes except for the good ol boy directly in front of me. He turned around and looked at me and told me to "wait my turn like everyone else." So I did.

The point of the story? When I got out to my car after paying he was just getting into his truck that was covered in patriotic bumper stickers, little flags flying ( not one mind you, but two), and the "Proud to be an American" bumper sticker that was a standard those weeks following 9/11. It made me sick to my stomach. I'm sure today he's added the "Support Our Troops" one to the mix. Asshole.
mckitterick
May. 15th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Whatta guy. He's probably all for war... until he gets drafted, that is, then it's only the damn guvment that wants war.

Chris
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