Memorial Day

The Confederate gift to the nation

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Decoration Day became a day of remembrance and reconciliation across the land, later to be called Memorial Day, and still, particularly in the small towns of the South, a day of decorating graves of Confederate soldiers of the War Between the States with flowers and flags. Such men would not understand the current fashion of contempt for old foes, the tearing down of monuments to bravery, courage and devotion to hearth and home.

Remember Joseph Warren This Memorial Day

Dan McLaughlin, RedState

Warren was hardly the only prominent American killed in our wars, but he was the first.  A compelling and charismatic figure and still young, he might well have gone on to take his place alongside Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton and the other giants of American history.

Memorial Day – The Ideas Behind The Sacrifice

Today, as we honor our all of our fallen on Memorial Day 2016, let us especially remember Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV, Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, Marine Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, who recently made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Let us honor the ideas for which they fell and resolve to demand in remembrance of their sacrifice that today’s politicians have the integrity and moral clarity to openly defend those ideas by speaking the truth about who our enemies are and about what our war in the Middle East is all about.

All for nothing? US vets who fought for Ramadi angry over fall to ISIS

Perry Chiaramonte, FoxNews.com

“It’s gut-wrenching and disgusting to me that we choose to stand by and do nothing,” Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee was the first Navy SEAL to be killed in the Operation Iraqi Freedom while fighting insurgents in Ramadi, told FoxNews.com. “Our troops are more than capable to secure that city and they are just not given the ability. “It’s because they [Washington] refuse to send troops that we are seeing this insurgence,” she added.

Iranian military official accuses U.S. of letting ISIS seize Iraq's Ramadi

HAARETZ

Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force responsible for protecting the Islamic Republic's interests abroad, has become a familiar face on the battlefields of Iraq, where he often outranks local commanders. "Today, in the fight against this dangerous phenomenon, nobody is present except Iran," the Tasnim news agency quoted Soleimani as saying on Sunday in reference to Islamic State.

Ramadi’s fall a major loss for Iraq’s moderates

Frida Ghitis, Miami Herald Op-Ed

U.S. officials are performing verbal contortions trying to minimize the significance of events in Iraq. The fall of Ramadi, just 70 miles from Baghdad and the capital of Anbar Province, the country’s largest, is a disaster for the Iraqi people and for America’s strategy in the region. But for many in the United States, the reflexive reaction at more bad news from the Middle East is, “Why is that our problem?”

Australia open to possibility of deploying more forces after Ramadi, Palmyra losses

Andrew Greene, ABC Australia

The loss of Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province of Anbar, raised questions over the strategy adopted not only by Baghdad, but also by Washington to tackle IS. "The final point I should make is that the one Iraqi security force element that most stuck to its post and withdrew from Ramadi as a formed unit, as opposed to a disorganised group, was the unit, the counter-terrorism service of the Iraqi security forces that we have been advising and assisting in our initial placement at Baghdad International Airport," Australian PM Tony Abbott told reporters in Canberra.

Sec Def: Iraqis showed 'no will to fight' in Ramadi

Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his first comments since the key town of Ramadi fell to ISIS, blamed the weak state of Iraq's military as one major reason for the city's fall, in an exclusive interview on CNN's "State of the Union" aired Sunday.

This Memorial Day Remember Ramadi

All too many of today’s politicians are too cowardly to speak the truth about what is really at stake in our war in the Middle East. They are unworthy of leading a great Nation founded and preserved upon the sacrifices of those we honor today. So this Memorial Day, if there was ever a time to respectfully breach President James A. Garfield’s admonition to stay silent beside the graves of our war dead, today is that day. 

Memorial Day Is A Reminder That War is Foolish

Memorial Day was originally conceived as a day to memorialize the horror and cost of the American Civil War, our country's most costly war, but that purpose is all too often lost in shallow celebrations that equate militarism with patriotism.

WALKER: THE LINGERING COST OF DEFENSE

Veterans need the nation’s help to cope with their hidden trauma.