Most of we Americans are patriotic and love our country. I say most because there is an element around, who despite their statements to the contrary, do not want the U.S. to succeed in the Middle East. I still can't accept that those who so vehemently criticize America can do so and out the other side of their mouth profess their love for American troops.
An example of being anti-war and doing so in a patriotic manner is Eugene McCarthy from my era. While he was anti-war, he was not anti-American. I adamantly disagreed with him, but I respected his point of view. We can, as Americans, disagree with war but do so as Americans. Those who rejoice at each American setback are despicable creatures indeed.
My question is: Where are the war critics today who take that point of view, but do so as Americans. If you rejoice at the setbacks of your country in war YOU ARE SCUM! Some of our politicians fall into this category and are living and thriving on the backs of the military they have so little respect for. The military are the ones that have given you the gift of freedom of speech that allows you to disagree with government policy. Zell Miller's speech at the 2004 Republican Convention was a great statement of thanks for the American military and its role in securing our freedoms.
On these special days we celebrate please thank your military for all they have done for us. We are truly blessed by their patriotism. Yes, I am a proud veteran.