The 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War is today. My Facebook feed is full of well-meaning civilians sharing photographs of honorable soldiers in venerable poses and elegant yellow ribbons. It seems as if, as time has passed, the anniversary of America's invasion of Iraq has become a gleeful opportunity for some to demonstrate their patriotism.
It is understandable that those that never served, never loved nor lost a soldier or Marine to that war would look at this anniversary without grief. The American military is an all-volunteer force comprised of less than 1% of the population. As fewer Americans serve, the gap between civilians and military personnel widens, leaving subjects such as the Iraq War near-taboo.
The opinion-makers and news personalities setting the tempo for how this war will be remembered rarely emphasize what those close to the military community or combat veterans feel on this day: solemnly reflective and gravely concerned over the health of our nation's moral compass.Read More