Bashing our troops

In his rush to bash Bush, Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson takes a swipe at the armed forces.

In need of blind obedience as he stays the course in Iraq, President Bush went to the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., on Monday. Rows of military officers, with not a hint of dissent, clapped like choir boys as Bush said, “The terrorists and Saddam loyalists would rather see many Iraqis die than have any live in freedom.”

“Blind obedience”? “Choir boys”? For all the rhetoric that they support the troops and not the war, beneath the thin veneer of patriotism for the worst Bush-bashing liberals is a reflexive contempt for the military that goes all the way back to the 1960s. Every once in a while, the facade slips and we actually see the truth.

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