Shame: Politician hides behind the troops. Palin hits Obama, GOP establishment in Iowa speech She said political figures who hide behind the cloak of anonymity to attack others in print are "cowards" and that the journalists who provide them cover are "gutless." "It's not fair to our country. It's not fair to our democracy. And it's not fair to our troops..." she said. This is disgraceful. But we won't hear from the Blowhard Brigade (partisan vets). Honor is a foreign concept.