For the first time in 18 years, Americans were allowed to see the flag-draped casket of a soldier — Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers — who died doing his sworn duty to his country.

We are honored as citizens of the United States that the Obama administration has enough faith in our good sense and in our intelligent emotions to allow us the right to have our own Panopticonic view of the ends of a war as well as its beginnings.

To not allow a nation to mourn our dead and lost soldiers in combat has always felt politically disingenuous and humanly vicious.

Now, we can weep with the families of the dead, instead of just wondering about a defense policy that only wanted the fight and never the repercussion.


  1. I say it is about time. We need to see what is going on with the people who protect our country.

  2. It has always seemed so strange that we celebrate the soldier, Gordon — but only when there is a life to give — once the ultimate gift was given in service to our country, we wiped them out of our memory in the official state refusal to celebrate our war dead in public. It’s really unbelievable when you consider that policy now in the dawn of a new era.

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