a slogan used by politicians and corporations to get support for a war they will never fight in. Also used to sell bumper stickers, car magnets, all that shit. This slogan is said by people who have no inkling what it's like to serve in the Armed Forces.
Gina's car has a "support the troops" bumper sticker on it. It's there because it's the fashionable thing to have on a car these days.
by I Saw U2 Live Twice June 18, 2006
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A non sequiter trotted out (usually by conservative Republicans) in an attempt to silence opposition. Typically followed by attempts to slash veterans benefits and support for amnesty for insurgents who haved kill Americans.
You don't think that the Islamic Republic of Iraq is a good idea? Why don't you shut up and support the troops?
by AVoiceofReason June 19, 2006
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by far the most successful propaganda catch phrase in American history

If you don't support the war, than people assume that you don't support the troops either, and for that you must be a selfish, malignant coward who doesn't respect the sacrifice that these amazing men and women apparently give for our freedom

Unfortunately the average American citizen is so brainwashed by mainstream news that they do not even realize that this is propaganda
John: I don't support the wars in the middle east. they're all completely blatant examples of imperialism
Jack: OMGWTF YOU DON'T SUPPORT OUR TROOPS YOU EVIL BASTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
by pasta776 February 8, 2012
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