All too often I hear Republicans criticizing any kind of anti-war effort by using some line about what kind of message it sends to the troops. Personally I find it shocking that we let these people get away with it. A wound in the war of rhetoric is cured by a public apology and a few months of good behavior and casualties simply move on to the private sector where they manage to line their own pockets even more. There is no excuse a politician using soldiers to shield bad policy and past mistakes.
Equally appalling is the fact that we've completely ignored any message that the troops may be trying to send to us. If mainstream media were to be believed, the army is just one giant united force without a single detractor. This is obviously not true. Michael Moore has published an entire book of letters criticizing the war written by soldiers and their families. In fact a group that provides free books to soldiers overseas claims that Michael Moore is one of the most requested non-fiction authors.
I'm not saying that all the troops in Iraq feel that way about the President just that, despite appearances, there are some over there.