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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Joel Stein, Los Angeles Times Columnist: "I don't support our troops."

So one of the big stories of the day is this article in the LA Times by Joel Stein in which he claims to not support the troops.
"I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car. Supporting the troops is a position that even Calvin is unwilling to urinate on."
This story was linked by the Drudge Report and has started a firestorm in the blogosphere. Hugh Hewitt in particular is angered by this article and had Joel Stein on his radio program tonight for an interview. Hugh pretty much proved that Stein knows nothing about the military nor foreign affairs. Hugh was incredulous listening to Stein's responses. But Hugh is wrong on this one.

Let's see what Stein said in his article:
"And I've got no problem with other people — the ones who were for the Iraq war — supporting the troops. If you think invading Iraq was a good idea, then by all means, support away...But I'm not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken — and they're wussy by definition."
So let me get this straight. It appears that Mr. Stein is saying that those, primarily on the Left, who oppose the war yet proclaim support for the troops are either hypocrites or liars.

Isn't that what people like Hugh Hewitt and others on the right have been saying all along???

Fine to disagree with Mr. Stein on his stance on the war. But give him credit for being honest and being consistant in his convictions. If politicians in this country were half as honest as Mr. Stein, we would be much better off.

I haven't figured out if Hugh Hewitt missed this point entirely or if he purposefully avoided it so as to make for better radio.

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