Cross-posted at Blue Hampshire.
I commend Foster's for their editorial in the Sunday edition of July 15th stating that the time has come to get out of Iraq. I am sorry that those of us who opposed the war to begin with, or the many who have come to see it as a disaster over the past 4 years, were not able to persuade the editors sooner, but I am pleased that Foster's is showing us that they will not follow the Bush administration all the way off the cliff.
Now, could those who write the letters to Foster's accusing Carol Shea Porter, our Congresswoman in the 1st District, of not supporting the troops because she won't back Bush listen to the paper that has so well represented their views for so many years, and stop the right wing code? What do I mean by the right wing code? I mean saying "support the troops" when they really mean "support whatever Bush does no matter how bad the outcome when it comes to our military."
Bush has NEVER supported the troops. He has cut funding for our veterans, spent billions on private contractors who can't supply our troops properly (maybe because they give great campaign contributions), allowed our insane Vice-President and his cronies, who have never served in the military, to set policy for this war, hired advisors and staff who are incompetent but nicely partisan to destroy our constitutional rights and degrade our standing around the globe, and made this world a much more dangerous place for us and for the military whose job is supposed to be defending us, not carrying global domination to the rest of the world in the name of democracy.
Carol Shea Porter does support our troops. She is trying to do what Foster's now wants, get them out of an impossible situation before too many more are killed or wounded. She is trying to get care for those already so badly hurt, and help for the families of the killed and wounded. She is trying to make this a safer world, by stopping this administration from running us all off the cliff. So stop the code, and start some straight talk, now! If you want us to support Bush, explain honestly why we should. Don’t call it “supporting the troops,” because it isn’t!