Doug Stanhope has a bit on his new DVD about supporting the troops. He thinks the idea is silly, that you should only support people individually rather than in groups because the group may well include people who don’t deserve support. An email that Andrew Sullivan received perhaps supports his point. Sullivan was critical of the military for allowing a tank crew in Iraq to write the words “New Testament” on the side of the tank’s turret. Not only did they allow it, they put a picture of it on the DOD website for the whole world to see. Sullivan’s criticism was accurate. At a time when the last thing we need is to inflame religious tensions, especially in Iraq, sending such messages is incredibly stupid and there must be someone in the Pentagon with the minimal talent for diplomacy necessary to see that. But here is the email he received from a solder in Iraq:
“I would hope to see you over here in theater running your pie-hole about your calls to remove Marines from their post for the ‘New Testament’ inscription on the main battle tank. You would be buried with your insurgent ‘friends’ that you support, through your criticism of our men and women dying for this mission with a bulldozer.
For your safety, I would not even be around soldiers, airmen, or marines. Treason is a high crime and misdemeanor and the price is quite high. Your actions border on treason. You could not survive the long days, enemy in-direct and direct fire, and high demands that our soldiers today execute in 100 degree weather. You would have to have a rucksack full of Vagisil for your clam pal to make it a week here. Most of us are Christians and will continue to support our faith in any way we see fit. Do the right thing: support us or STFU !!!!!!!!!!”
I’m with Stanhope on this one. I don’t support that troop. That troop is an asshole.