One way of looking at the election results is that Americans really DO value their troops. Right or wrong voters precieve Iraq as a lost cause not worth throwing more life away on. I think that shows they really support their troops when it counts the most.
If the voters are being wishy-washy I can hardly blame them since they are merely following the leadership. Leadership has repeatedly changed the objective in Iraq. First it was to remove saddam and wmd, then its to stop insurgents, then its to build a new nation (which ironically Bush campaigned on an anti-nation-building platform), now its to stop civil war. While I did not vote with the majority, I can understand the exasperation with the administration.
FYI: The Tancredo drama was split from this thread. Please stay on topic.