I first heard of Andrew J. Bacevich on NPR last week. It is heart-wrenching to listen to the pain in this father's voice as he tries to make sense of his role in his son's death earlier this month in Iraq. He was an outspoken critic of the war, but did not try to talk his own son out of serving. His son died on Mother's Day in a suicide bomb attack outside of Baghdad.
Today there's his op-ed in the Washington Post. He asks many questions of our nation and yet believes that as citizens in a democracy, our voices are no longer heard.
On this Memorial Day weekend, I pray for nothing short of peace, the conviction to speak truth to power, no matter how many times it takes, and the hope that parents, such as Andrew Bacevich, and the families and friends of those serving no longer have to suffer.