The Cost of Freedom
By stern on May 26, 2008
Breakfast: Forty-five minute wait in line. Every meal is the same. Standing in line sweating. That's OK, though. There are people in my country who neither know or care that their freedom is being protected at this very moment. That too is OK, because I do know. I'm doing it.
Steve wrote that in 1996, just days before he was killed in a search and rescue mission. While most of us were watching Top Gun in cable TV syndication, Steve was embedded in reality resembling the last scene of the movie. In the dozen years since, I think most Americans have developed a much deeper sense of what's happening in the Persian Gulf, and we've all formed opinions of our continued presence there. Whatever you believe about the foreign policies of the United States, never for a moment doubt the integrity, courage, patience, and confidence of the men and women of our armed forces.
Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground. -- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Written during the later days of the Vietnam War, equally applicable to the Persian Gulf wars.