Support the Troops: Cough Up Some Dough

August 24th, 2006  |  Published in etc

I tell people that most soldiers in knew were fairly cruel in their mimicry of “support the troops” hawks out among the civilians.

That’s not because soldiers are secretly great guys who actually want to vote Democrat. Most I knew subscribed to the exact ideology you’d have to adopt to continue being Western democracy’s bag man without going nuts, which means they were also often found making fun of “twinkie-eating peaceniks playing their Nintendos and listening to their hippie music.” (Real quote from basic training, where barely-constrained disdain for the civilian populace is all part of the curriculum.)

They were cruel in their mimicry because once civilians are done feeling good about their splendid little wars, they go back to fucking the veterans as hard as they can.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars comes up with real stupid and reactionary language in some of its petitions and public statements, but it’s stuff like that … cutting funding to hospitals that treat “the signature injury of the war on terrorism,” that got me to claim my membership and pay my $20 in dues each year. No one else seems to care.

If I’d had my little crackup just a year later and been pulled back to active duty in time for Iraq or Afghanistan, it could be me wondering with what was left of my brains whether any of the magnet-ribbon chickenhawks or “support the troops, bring them home” pacifists would lift a finger to help me.

“Honestly, they would have loved to have funded it, but there were just so many priorities,” says Jenny Manley, spokeswoman for the Senate Appropriations Committee.


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