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President Obama seems to be watching from the sidelines as Iraq continues its slide into chaos. The hard-won gains of American and coalition soldiers are being lost, just like the lives of almost 4,500 U.S. service members killed in Iraq since 2003. To many of us, this in a grave injustice, but one viewed from afar. To the American men and women who served in Iraq, it can mean much more. One of those men is Iraq War veteran J.R. Salzman, who has taken the Obama administration to task for its inaction in a series of poignant Tweets in recent days as news from Iraq worsens. Three of Salzman’s tweets, as cited by IJReview:
If I have this right, Iran, the country responsible for the weapons expert and the IED that took my arm, is going to help America with Iraq. — J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) June 13, 2014
Salzman is right to be angry, and we respect his opinion, his service, and his sacrifice for our country. It is the willingness of the brave men and women of America’s armed forces to give of themselves that allows us to enjoy our freedoms. Unfortunately, this president all but ignores those service members and veterans, as the VA healthcare scandal aptly demonstrates. Moreover, he seems equally unconcerned with the cause of freedom both at home and overseas. Have Salzman’s sacrifice, and the sacrifices of so many others in Iraq, been wasted? It’s difficult to admit it, but the truth is that only time will tell. But regardless of how time answers that question, one thing is certain. The sacrifices made by those men and women, including J.R. Salzman, are respected, valued, and remembered by a grateful nation–if not by its current president. Please share this article on Facebook and Twitter to honor the sacrifice made by J.R. Salzman and others for the cause of democracy and freedom in Iraq.