Sunday, September 15, 2013

Support Our Troops!

Whenever the neocon-talking-head-warmongers want to murder foreigners, one of the certain cries to be heard is “SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!!!

Of course, when the troops made Ron Paul the number one recipient of political donations in both 2008 and 2012, the call was not heard.

Well, here is another opportunity for the stay-at-home loudmouths:

A Military Times survey of more than 750 active-duty troops this week found service members oppose military action in Syria by a margin of about three to one.

A higher percentage of troops, about 80 percent, say they do not believe getting involved in the two-year-old civil war is in the U.S. national interest.

It gets better:

The debate about striking Syria is also revealing a strain of isolationism growing inside a battle-weary military that has spent more than a decade supporting high-tempo war operations overseas.

“People are just sick of it,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Harvey, a nuclear-trained officer who works at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

“It’s like the old pre-World War II isolationism, I hear grumblings of that. People would rather withdraw all our troops and let the rest of the world figure out what to do. I think there is a lot of credence to that argument.”

And at least one soldier shows more discernment than any of the blabbermouths on the flat-screen:

Many troops have concerns about the strategic logic of striking the Syrian regime and implicitly helping the rebels where, which include some extremist groups linked to militants in Iraq who were killing U.S. troops just a few years ago.

“In my eyes, the rebels in Syria are the same as the insurgents in Iraq,” the staff sergeant from Fort Hood said.

So, I say: Support Our Troops!


  1. "Support Our Troops" is a public relations slogan intended as a thought-terminating cliché, as described in "Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism" by Robert Jay Lifton.

    Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism popularized the term "thought-terminating cliché", which refers to a cliché that is a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the clichéd phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating.

    "The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis." - Robert Lifton