Who supports the troops?
Politicians of all stripes in America profess to be big on supporting the troops. In fact, they walk on eggshells around the subject and live in mortal terror that some action they take may wind up getting them labeled as unsupportive of the troops.
Most of the time we hear the charge being leveled by Republican supporters of President Bush's Iraq policy against Democrats for doing anything to exert a little control over the policy this despite polls that consistently show nearly 70 percent of the American public favoring bringing the troops home and that same public granting the Democrats control of Congress to accomplish that very goal.
Last week, Sen. Jim Webb introduced something he dubbed the "Troop Protection Amendment." The amendment to the defense authorization bill would have placed limits on National Guard and reserve deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as mandating more downtime at home before active-duty combat troops are returned to battle.
All seemingly reasonable requests on which anyone that gives a hoot about the troops could agree.
Republicans in the Senate, however, were able to stop the measure from coming to vote, thereby assuring that U.S. troops will be required to serve two, three, four and even five tours of combat duty with little down time in between, putting undue stress on their mental well-being and family relationships.
Regardless of whether you believe the invasion and occupation of Iraq was justified or not, surely we can all agree that our young men and women are deserving of adequate rest between deployments. Apparently not.
It makes one wonder who really is supporting our troops and who doesn't give a damn what happens to them.