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Olbermann on the Best Way to Support Our Troops

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Posted on Nov 17, 2007
Lt. Bourne and son
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Try not to mist up during this clip of two young boys being surprised at their Virginia elementary school by their father, Lt. Thomas Bourne.  As Keith Olbermann opines, the best way to support our troops is to “make sure that that kind of homecoming is what each of them and their families have earned.”

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By PaulMagillSmith, November 26, 2007 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

Our country will only have true national security when these pawns (military personel) realize they must rise up enmasse and overthrow this tyrant king (Bush) & his corrupt courtiers.

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By Archie1954, November 24, 2007 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment
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Can anyone not be moved by the love shown in this video? Yes, the president will not be moved by this, nor the vice-president, nor the Grotesque Old Party. None of them will be touched or pesuaded to do anything about the atrocity of Iraq, none of them!

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By Sleeper, November 23, 2007 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment

Supporting our troops is a sacred promise that we should never require our troops to risk that ultimate sacrifice without attempting to make that the last resort.  No one wants to have their life reduced to little more then service to ideals that serve the unrighteous while reducing our very existence to mere bricks in some military wall of injustice.

I joined when I did to be part of something that safeguarded peace justice ad an American way of life.  Today our military is not being used for that purpose.  Our children still believe that when they join and we need that, but with that is a responsibility to speak freely and demand truth from our government.  Our government is inherantly unjust and subject to dreams of EMPIRE.

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By mythbreaker, November 19, 2007 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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Israel:America’s toxic liability.
This isn’t a relationship, its a bribe and its ugly.

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By wagonjak, November 18, 2007 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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I generally love Olberman and his comments, but lately I’ve seen slimeballs like Dana Milbank on his show making stupid or outrageous remarks, without any questioning on the veracity of these statements from Keith…sometimes I wonder if Keith is as smart and politically savy as his Special Comments reveal him to be…

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 18, 2007 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

Ahh, lets not forget that many of these guys had double or triple tours of duty foisted on them. You can’t really make up for that - and that is what this clip of Olbermann’s is really about.

The stress of fighting overseas, the estrangement from their spouses and families, and homesickness amount to cumulative negative pressures which will stay with them for most of their lives.

“Supporting the troops” should really mean (a) not sending them on such absurdly long missions, and (b) retraining them out of the excessively large military anyway.

The way to make it all possible is to stop invading other peoples’ countries. And lets not hear any more crap about “not buying oil from dictators” either, eh - its a worn excuse, too!

Sad that an Army reservist got only two weeks leave before being sent back again. That is a kind of exploitation….....

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By 1drees, November 18, 2007 at 2:35 am Link to this comment
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Another Excellent publicity stunt to excite the kids and encourage others into enlisting for the FORCES that the country very badly needs.
Recently Govt has asserted that it is going to invest in better healthcare services for Veterans and now they are glorifying the returns, so that kind of should resolve the low numbers problem for a while.
Although this shortage must already been filled up by the few caribean Islanders that would gladly serve anywhere doing anything as long as they get paid really well and then get the “Papers”, i think i have already met one person who claims to have done that so there must be others too.

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