Here in lovely North Carolina, a country club has tossed all its French and German wines because they’re not “supporting our troops.” Is it just me, or is accusing someone of not supporting the troops the lowest refuge of people mentally incapable of formulating a coherent argument in favor of their opinion? As I’ve said a million times, if I were a soldier, I’d want to be sure that there were people back home who are making sure that I’m putting my life on the line for a good reason. Soldiers are obliged to follow their orders regardless of what they think of them — it’s up to us civilians to make sure that we’re not using the military in a stupid fashion. In any case, this sort of halfwitted jingoism is to be expected in times of war, but is still distressing.