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The Right Way to Honor the Troops

Contrary to the Trump administration’s suggestions, the best method for honoring soldiers is simply learning what they do.

By instructing the American people in how to properly honor the U.S. military — specifically, by avoiding critique of military policy — the Donald Trump White House has intensified the long-standing bipartisan practice of politicizing the service of U.S. troops. This would be unhealthy in any deliberative democracy. It’s especially so in one like ours, where the military plays such an outsized role in politics and social life.

Our troops deserve to be thanked for their service. But the best method for honoring them might be the least practiced of all: learning

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