It's gotten to the point where predicting rain in Washington might "send the wrong message to the troops." At least, according to the White House. Maybe the real "wrong message" is to constantly patronize these (and here is another cliché) "brave men and women of our armed forces." No, I'm not mocking the sentiment. Of course they're brave. We all know that. Of course we're indebted to them, of course the rest of us can't imagine that type of sacrifice. But it's because of their willingness to put themselves in front of flying bullets and shrapnel without the luxury of asking questions that makes this pandering and patronizing by the Republican invertebrates in the White House so intolerable, unseemly, and inexcusable. These canned clichés spouted by our elected and appointed leaders represent the worst type of political cowering. Isn't it enough that we ask them to fight our battles over there? Does the President really need to hide behind them back at home, too?
I give the men and women of the military a little more credit than to assume that we're not supporting them, just because we don't think they should be there. The very reason we don't want them there isn't because we don't recognize, support, and applaud their staggering heroism, but is actually because we'd all like them to come home alive and in one piece.