#1
When people talk about troops in Iraq and such; whatever they have to say about them, good or bad, they always commend them for 'protecting the country'.

But, I always wonder, what do they really mean by 'protecting the country'? Do they mean it in the sense that troops are invading foreign countries that they see as a 'threat' to America?

Maybe because I'm quite tired but this just came across my mind. I'll probably look back on this later and laugh at myself.
#2
Protecting which country? America or Iraq?

They're protecting America by reeling in the oil and Iraq by "bringing them democracy".