Thursday, April 19, 2007

Truth is No Defense

When it comes to Supporting the Troops, truth isn't a consideration. What's truly vital is makin' 'em happy, or at least doing what Dubya's dumbest idolator, Mitch McConnell, thinks will optimize Troop Happiness:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the war in Iraq is ``lost,'' triggering an angry backlash by Republicans, who said the top Democrat had turned his back on the troops.

[ ... ]

Republicans pounced on the comment as evidence, they said, that Democrats do not support the troops.

``I can't begin to imagine how our troops in the field, who are risking their lives every day, are going to react when they get back to base and hear that the Democrat leader of the United States Senate has declared the war is lost,'' said Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Now, I don't pretend to be even nearly as familiar as Warrior Mitch with what it takes to keep The Troops content. But I can't help but wonder what the reaction would be if Troops, getting back to base, were told to grab toothbrush and sidearm and get on the plane -- departing for U.S. soil in 15 minutes. My guess is that those Troops might not be totally devastated by that. Even if it did mean that the invasion and devastation of Iraq has been completely futile, as well as wildly criminal.


itsmecissy said...


lemming said...

Hmmm. Lesse here. If I walk around saying that the war in Iraq is going well, democracy is well on its way, all is cream and strawberries, not only will I speak in support of the troops, but it will help the war effort.

Sounds like "if I say that global warming isn't happening or, at least, isn't a problem, it won't be."

Gosh. Why didn't I figure this out before?

Bartleby said...

Cathy: thanks for stopping by! Always a pleasure.

lemming: I think you've put your finger squarely on it. It's a name-it-and-claim-it, create your own reality kind of deal. Myself, I'm still trying to Think and Grow Rich. It's not working out so well for me. Every time I think, I grow depressed, not rich.