I support our troops to the core -- as human brothers and sisters of mine (and as a member of a military family). Would you want to send your family members to war? Do you even know what that means? Have you really thought about it?
When Vietnam veterans returned to "the world," there were no parades. It was like nobody but their families even noticed they'd been gone. Last December, when U.S. bases were handed over and the last combat units returned home, there were no parades.
"Supporting" the soldier necessarily means sharing his desire for victory. From this perspective, there is an inherent contradiction in claiming to "support" the soldier while taking actions that undercut his efforts.
Let's start listening to them. And when we do -- when we begin to recognize them in all their frailty and complexity -- we'll realize they're as restless and conflicted about our wars as many of us are.
If you really want to honor our troops you won't use them for an easy applause line, you won't use them to get votes, or, most insulting to them of all, to divide us into real Americans and fake Americans.