"To Old Times"

It’s about a week old, but Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal wrote an opinion piece (08/24) attesting to the inherent goodness and class of American soldiers that I found genuinely touching and wanted to share with you all. Even better, the article is free for public viewing. Go check it out.

I won’t say too much more on the topic because I don’t want to steal Noonan’s thunder. But I can’t deny that I feel a personal connection to the topic – my father is a soldier himself and was deployed to Iraq for a year shortly after the invasion/liberation of 2003. If anything, Noonan paints her picture with a bit too broad of a brush; brief scenes in Saving Private Ryan and Flags of Our Fathers depicting U.S. troops killing enemy combatants in cold blood after the latter had willingly surrendered remind us that war is all hell – especially in the mind – and how difficult it is to flip on compassion like a light switch. But Noonan’s article is a grounded rebuttal to those who decry our presence in the Middle East and wag their heads as they predict our shameful legacy in that region 40-50 years from now.

For my part, I hope her prediction is true.

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