You should not support the troops (feat. Landon Carpenter)

Original caption: "Please meet Landon.. his dad Marine LCPL Carpenter made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan earlier this year.. a month before his son was born. Never forget the price of freedom."  My caption: this is propaganda purposed to humanize US troops as they war against other people.  Akmed's dad died too; so did Mohammed's dad.  These names might not be as cute, to some, as "Landon"--regardless, they matter too.  Or, if they do not matter then Landon does not matter either.  Patriotism require more than hypocrisy and cultural-chauvinism:  the US international policy is bad; no reasonable separation is given between the policy and the troops; you should not support the troops.  The slogan "support the troops" is a red-herring, aimed to humanize US troops as they dehumanize others.  Do not support the policy; do not support troops.

Original caption: "Please meet Landon.. his dad Marine LCPL Carpenter made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan earlier this year--a month before his son was born. Never forget the price of freedom." My caption: this is propaganda purposed to humanize US troops as they war against other people. Akmed's dad died too; so did Mohammed's dad. These names might not be as cute, to some, as "Landon"--regardless, they matter too. Or, if they do not matter then Landon does not matter either. Patriotism require more than hypocrisy and cultural-chauvinism: the US international policy is bad; no reasonable separation is given between the policy and the troops; you should not support the troops. The slogan "support the troops" is a red-herring, aimed to humanize US troops as they dehumanize others. Do not support the policy; do not support troops.

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My caption: this is propaganda purposed to humanize US troops as they war against other people. Akmed’s dad died too; so did Mohammed’s dad. These names might not be as cute, to some, as “Landon”–regardless, they matter too. Or, if they do not matter then Landon does not matter either.

Patriotism require more than hypocrisy and cultural-chauvinism: the US international policy is bad; no reasonable separation is given between the policy and the troops; you should not support the troops. The slogan “support the troops” is a red-herring, aimed to humanize US troops as they dehumanize others. Do not support the policy; do not support troops.

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6 Responses to You should not support the troops (feat. Landon Carpenter)

  1. Borepatch says:

    Douchebag much?

    Ignore that the Taliban sheltered those who sucker punched us. Tose are the guys who machine gun girls on their way to school, because they think that girls shouldn’t be educated.

    They’re the ones who banned music, and used the ancient Buddha statues for artillery practice.

    Christopher Hitchens described guys like you as entirely frivolous. He was too polite. You’re a useful idiot.

    • Russ says:

      “Douchebag much? Ignore that the Taliban sheltered those who sucker punched us. Tose are the guys who machine gun girls on their way to school, because they think that girls shouldn’t be educated. They’re the ones who banned music, and used the ancient Buddha statues for artillery practice. Christopher Hitchens described guys like you as entirely frivolous. He was too polite. You’re a useful idiot.” — Ted Doty

      brb with my response, Ted. And…I’ll probably win 😉

  2. Borepatch says:

    First, I have to say I’m a bit surprised that you actually posted my comment.

    Second, I’m not at all surprised that you didn’t respond at all to the substance of my comment.

  3. m lowell says:

    Whether I agree or disagree with POTUS sending our troops to war is not important. What is important, and it appears that you have disregarded, is that those troops who have gone to war over the years are the reason that you have the freedom to trash and criticize them (for following orders) and their lives . One of the prices of war is the loss of lives on both sides. Your labeling someone’s beautiful picture, and that is ALL that it is .. a picture, as propoganda is really reaching on your part. Anyone who sees that picture is going to think what they want about it, they don’t need you to tell them what they should think. Maybe you should get a life of your own and stop using a baby picture as your own political platform.

  4. Moosikazi says:

    I do agree that we need to support the men and women who risk their lives to protect ours, but I think we are going about it the wrong way.

    It does seem, at least to me, that we as a nation are blindly saying we are support our troops regardless of why and of whether it’s for good or bad. This blind, unwavering support sends a clear message to politicians to use the troops’ power to serve their agendas, regardless of the purpose. This is dangerous because, in my opinion, politicians ideals today are in no way near those of the founding fathers’ ideals, which fought for great principles and first and foremost put the United States FIRST, not whatever company that has enough money to buy its way through a bill in congress. Had they have been alive today, I don’t think our fathers would agree with the current foreign policy practiced and the way we are using our armed services.

    We really need to get smart about this because we might be hurting our troops more than we are helping them. My thinking is that if the government sees the people really questioning their reasons and purposes, The government might probably think twice before sending our troops to areas they don’t need to be, therefore, protecting our sons and daughters.

    Finally, while we are at it, let us not forget the men and women who make up the ranks of the police and firefighters–who are also risking their lives daily to protect ours–although they might not help that much when it comes to politicians’ agendas.

    • Russ says:

      I really like your point about police and firefighters, as well as the overall tone of your writing–very respectful and respectable. still, to me, the inclusions of “at least to me” and “in my opinion” are entirely unnecessary. I recommend that, instead, you communicate with the frame of reference that unless you are quoting someone, you are saying your opinion–and there is no reason to remind anyone of that. to many, such reminders sound “polite”; however, the tone of your writing is already polite and even-handed enough, so I think the aforementioned inclusions are entirely extraneous 😉