Mar 19, 2007

Democrats truly ‘Support the Troops’

As candlelight vigils all over the country today mark the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and honor the more than 3,200 U.S. Servicemen and Women who have been killed and the estimated 100,000 that have been wounded in that occupation it’s interesting to look at the support those wounded and returning veterans are getting from their government when they return from the battlefield and other areas.

The nonpartisan Project Vote Smart has put together the grading criteria for Washington politicians of some veterans organizations that provide support to and a voice for veterans. We hear a lot from Republicans about how they support the troops and Democrats do not, but for most of the Republicans that means little more than waving a flag, putting a bumper sticker on their car and tying a ribbon around a tree.

According to the Disabled American Veterans of America that represents all of America's 2.1 million disabled veterans, their families and survivors, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers received a 66 percent on DAV’s issues, compared to 100 for Sen. Debbie Stabenow and 80 percent for Sen. Carl Levin. Michigan’s Democratic Senators have done more than just talk the talk like Rogers and others like him, but they have walked the walk. The good news is the attempt by Rogers to distance himself from Bush and his first contested race since he was elected to Congress in 2000 improved Rogers’ rating from 0 in 2005 and 2004.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Rogers a grade of C, but unfortunately, they did not give him a rating last year. The mission of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is to ensure the enactment of policies that properly provide for our troops and veterans. A mission Rogers only gives lip service to. In sharp contrast to Rogers’s lack of real support for the troops are the A- earned by Stabenow and the B+ earned by Levin.

Supporting the troops means a whole lot more than waving a flag and saying you “support the troops.” For a look at more veteran's ratings check out Project Vote Smart.


Anonymous said...

You're sending the message to them that their mission is wrong, that what they're doing is wrong, that they were dumb to sign up knowing they'd be sent to Iraq.

How is that supporting the troops?

Communications guru said...

What? How did you reach that ridiculous conclusion? It’s not based on fact or anything I have ever written.

The military’s jobs is to do what the President and Congress tells them to do, and the civilian leadership’s job is to ensure there is a clear mission, with a strategy – or at least a clear definition of wining – to win, with the proper equipment and strength and they should only be placed in harm’s way when necessary. The civilian leadership clearly has failed not the troops.

No one, especially me, ever said or ever will say, “that they were dumb to sign up knowing they'd be sent to Iraq.” I spent 20 years in the military, and I would recommend it too anyone.

That’s how I am supporting the troops. Who are you supporting the troops? Better yet, how do you even define support the troops?

Anonymous said...

Blindly following our stupid and arrogant President is wrong for us, our soldiers must do what their commander tells them to do. It's our duty to be involved and do what we can to compensate for the idiot who is now in power.
If you voted for Bush, once I forgive you, twice you are responsible for this mess, and may you try to forgive yourself for the needless deaths and destruction this man has caused.