The mantra from right-wing world for many years now has been "support the troops!" This always struck me as odd, like saying "don't forget to breathe!" It is, after all, a very small sliver of the populace who doesn't support the troops. Increasingly--particularly since Barack Obama became President--right-wingers' "support" for the troops seems to have been on the wane.
I'm sure they'd vigorously deny that. But it's true. Go on over to FreeRepublic.com, and look up any discussion about gays in the military for example. The high profile servicemen who have been dismissed under Don't Ask, Don't Tell get no support from FReepers. Then, there is any veteran or serviceman who has anything critical to say about the Bush Administration. No love for them. And now, with Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl captured in Afghanistan, there's actually some jerk on FOX "News" (the TV version of FReeperland) seemingly rooting for his death. Inconceivable for anybody who really supports the troops. But not for the denizens of right-wing world.
Peters Continues Attack On Captured U.S. Soldier: He’s A Liar And ‘A Deserter’ Who ‘Shamed His Unit’
Late last week, media outlets reported that Taliban forces had captured U.S. Army soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan. While the circumstances of his capture are not entirely known, Bergdahl said in a video released by his captors that he lagged behind a patrol, while other reports say he walked off a base with Afghan soldiers. In an appearance on Fox News earlier this week, retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters suggested that the Taliban should kill Bergdahl because he is an “apparent deserter. . .”
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