As the U.S. military mission in Iraq ended, it was understandable that the commander in chief, President Barack Obama, and the deputy commander, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, would tell the troops that their sacrifices were not in vain. While that may make some members of the military feel better in the short term about having seen about 4,500 of their colleagues killed and another 32,000 wounded, it ignores the reality of the war and makes it more likely that those who follow in their footsteps will suffer the same consequences. The military and the country would be better off in the long run if Obama and Panetta had given the following speech:
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