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June 23, 2014

BRIAN HOWEY: Iraq war: Nearly 9 years of valor and malfeasance

It's an appalling disaster of American governance

(Continued)

It begged the question, “For what?” What did we earn for all the lost life and treasure and the cavalier manner in which they were dispatched? Why serve under such reckless leadership? Our generation vowed to never let it happen again. And now we’re in the process of doing it not once, but twice more.

We should remember Spc. Nicholas Idalski of Crown Point, Spc. Christopher Monroe of Kendallville, Sgt. James Faulkner of Clarksville, Spc. Roy Buckley of Merrillville and Cpl. Bryan Wilson of Otterbein.

They made the ultimate sacrifice. But now we find American taxpayers and a recalcitrant Congress unwilling to properly care for their surviving colleagues.

In the wake of blood and valor from our Hoosier patriots, from our leaders in Washington and by the silence of the masses we find a gutless and appalling squander of the sacrifice. We are failing to invest in those who stepped up. Applauding our uniformed men and women at NFL games and at parades is not enough, folks.

America is the home of the brave, and a shelter for the disgraced in our highest reaches of power.

Brian Howey publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.

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