It's nauseating to read the wingnuts' desperate struggle to reframe the Haditha incident as an opportunistic anti-war rallying cry. The best antidote I've come across is this essay over at Shakespeare's Sister.
Why are Iraq War supporters so quick to level accusations of treason and lack of patriotism against those who question and raise alternate viewpoints?
They know it isn’t really the devious machinations of the Left that undermines war, but reminders about how brutal war really is. It’s why they don’t like the media reporting on anything “negative,” why they hide soldiers’ caskets, why they relentlessly classify anything as innocuous as the reading of fallen soldiers’ names as antiwar. They know they must hide the reality of war in order to sustain support for it. They complain that there isn’t enough coverage of the good things happening in Iraq, but the belief that all the stories about hospitals being built or schools reopened will somehow persuade people it’s worth the tragedy necessitates a fundamental misunderstanding of human nature. Most people don’t work that way. They don’t offer praise for things you’re supposed to be doing.
I urge you to read the entire post.
Support for our troops and activism against the Iraq War are not mutually exclusive pursuits or ideologies. Patriotism in its highest form requires nothing less.