So well said:
So I don’t need any cheap reminders about supporting the troops. On the contrary, it’s the other way around. It is [those who keep reminding us to “support the troops–ed.] who need reminding that they owe the troops the highest level of respect. That means, among other things, explaining clearly and honestly why they are being sent into harm’s way. If that cannot be done — if you cannot tell soldiers why they might die — then you cannot send them. At the very least, you must stick to the strictest truth.