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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Support our troops?
But even someone with more moderate opinions than mine may want to make some not so subtle distinctions when it comes to the facile accusation of “not supporting the troops” which is now, predictably, being hurled at those Democrats (and few Republicans) who are belatedly attempting to curtail Bush's madness by cutting funds to the war effort. These people are, in fact, supporting the troops by attempting to put fewer in arm's way and finally force the White House to really come up with a “new strategy,” as opposed to simply escalating (or “augmenting,” as the ever more Machiavellian Condy Rice insists in calling it) the current, utterly failed, strategy. There is indeed a distinction (with a difference) between not supporting the troops and not supporting the war.
Moreover, what really irks me is the balls that Republican hawks display in accusing the Dems of not supporting the troops, when it was Rumsfeld who sent many fewer troops than necessary into Iraq, because of his delusions of a “leaner, meaner” army whose successes would be based on a sci-fi like “shock and awe” approach. And let's not forget that this was supposed to be a cakewalk where the Iraqis would welcome coalition forces with flower petals in the streets. Even more callously, it was the Rumsfeld-led Pentagon that did not provide sufficient supplies to the soldiers, beginning with armored vehicles that were not armored enough to withstand roadside bombs, and continuing with the lack of personal protection vests that forced some families to raise money to properly equip their sons, just like the medieval crusaders who had to provide for their own weapons to help their kings and popes “liberate” the holy land. Talk about not supporting the troops.