This week, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will hold their annual Storm the Hill Campaign in Washington, D.C. Storm the Hill. Dozens of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from across the country meet with lawmakers, tell their stories and urge them to pass legislation.
At least in a formal sense, our country's memories of war are to be found in school history textbooks. Exactly a decade after the U.S. invasion, those texts are indeed sending "messages" to young people about the meaning of the U.S. war in Iraq.
Proclaim it from the rooftops: No, America is not "over." Yet a growing accumulation of evidence suggests that America today is not the America of 1945. Everyone else on the planet understands this. Perhaps it's finally time for Americans to do so as well.
Who is in charge of our operations in Iraq, now? George Orwell? A war based on lies continues to be a war based on lies. Today, we have a war that is not a war, with combat troops who are not combat troops.
As I write these words, I am on a plane watching today's news. I remember also being on a plane when "Operation Iraqi Freedom" got underway, and I started hearing the words "Shock And Awe." All these years later, I don't have too many words left.