Lt. Gen William E. Odom, US Army (ret), and former Director of the NSA under Ronald Reagan has redefined "supporting the troops" to mean, "bring them home". <blockquote>Every step the Democrats in Congress have taken to force the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq has failed. Time and again, President Bush beats them into submission with charges of failing to "support the troops." Why do the Democrats allow this to happen? Because they let the president define what "supporting the troops" means. His definition is brutally misleading. Consider what his policies are doing to the troops. <b><i>No U.S. forces have ever been compelled to stay in sustained combat conditions for as long as the Army units have in Iraq</i></b>. In World War II, soldiers were considered combat-exhausted after about 180 days in the line. They were withdrawn for rest periods. Moreover, for weeks at a time, large sectors of the front were quiet, giving them time for both physical and psychological rehabilitation. During some periods of the Korean War, units had to fight steadily for fairly long periods but not for a year at a time. In Vietnam, tours were one year in length, and combat was intermittent with significant break periods. - <a href=http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backgroundid=00192&stoplayout=true&print=true> Lieutenant General William E. Odom, U.S. Army (Ret.)</a></blockquote> The Democratically controlled Congress keeps losing on this issue because they continue to let the Administration control the definition of what it means to "support the troops". That being that they will be stranded in Iraq lacking funding and supplies for force protection until they can be brought home, which is an utter falsehood. The Administration's real track record is much more telling. From failing to provide sufficient body armor, to failing to put adequate numbers of troops on teh ground initially, to lack of armored vehicles, to threats to cut pay raises, to the disgraceful conditions found at Walter Reed. This has been the Bush administration's real legacy to our troops. General Odom goes on to say: <blockquote>If the Democrats truly want to succeed in forcing President Bush to begin withdrawing from Iraq, the first step is to redefine "supporting the troops" as withdrawing them, citing the mass of accumulating evidence of the psychological as well as the physical damage that the president is forcing them to endure because he did not raise adequate forces. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress could confirm this evidence and lay the blame for "not supporting the troops" where it really belongs on the president. And they could rightly claim to the public that they are supporting the troops by cutting off the funds that he uses to keep U.S. forces in Iraq.</blockquote> Congress must use both its power of the purse and, if the President continues to fail to put an end to this meat-grinder that is destroying American military readiness, the power of impeachment to bring our troops home.