However, as a Vietnam era vet, I fully understand the need to support our troops no matter where they are, no matter what the war is about. Politicians make wars, not soldiers. The old send the young to fight in wars the purpose of which the young rarely understand.
Rather than write a normal commentary, I am providing you a communication below my initial comments, because it is important to understand the difference between dissent and disloyalty. I happen to dislike Starbucks for many reasons, mostly because I think their coffee sucks, and they have become a blight on a landscape once populated by fine independent coffee shops. Their response to the Marines who wanted their help in getting Starbucks coffee, however, places them at the same level as those who would change our democracy into either some sort of theocracy or into a Fascist dictatorship, or, perhaps as our current leader wants, both. They should be reviled, whether or not we support the war. Thanks for sending this around. I will also be making brief comments on a few other topics of interest
Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that they send some of it to the troops there.
Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support in their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it , and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.