A Degradation of Honor

When my grandfather passed away at the age of eighty-seven, I had the distinct honor of attending his funeral. What made his funeral different from many other funerals in the United States was that it not only celebrated his life, but it also celebrated the sacrifice he made for his country in the field of combat. Many attendees of the funeral did not know that my grandfather was was a World War II US Coast Guard combat veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic and the Invasion of Normandy. That’s…

The Future of a Post-ISIS Iraq

This March, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit was deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in order to assist local ground forces in retaking the city of Raqqa, the capital of ISIS. Over the past two and a half years, U.S. forces (both conventional and special operations) have been deployed to Iraq and other Middle Eastern nations to assist and train local troops. It must be noted that this is the first time American ground forces will be openly involved in ground combat against ISIS. This…