Viral Post of Soldiers Who Died in Iraq

I just stumbled upon this Facebook post:

Lindsay Lohan, 24, is all over the news because she’s a celebrity drug addict. While Justin Allen, 23, Brett Linley, 29, Matthew Weikert, 29, Justus Bartett, 27, Dave Santos, 21, Chase Stanley, 21, Jesse Reed, 26, Matthew Johnson, 21, Zachary Fisher, 24, Brandon King, 23, Christopher Goeke, 23, and Sheldon Tate, 27 are all Marines that gave their lives this week, no media mention. Honor THEM by reposting.

I was suspicious of its accuracy, so I did a quick search and found this amazing blog post giving details about every one of the soldiers mentioned, along with hundreds of comments from readers. I learned a lot.

It is a tragedy to see the names and ages of our young people who we sent to die. But in due fairness, these soldiers died over 6 years ago, in 2010, and even today I can, with a quick search, find plenty of media coverage. So “This Week” is completely misleading. They didn’t die this week. “No Mention” is wrong. Lots of mention in 2010. We all care, very much.

But here is the kicker: Obama pulled out of Iraq TO STOP this nonsense dying. Now too many of us blame Obama for the birth of ISIS. Which is the flipside. ISIS might not exist today if Obama hadn’t pulled out of Iraq when he did. But we would certainly have had another 5,000 American soldiers like those above dead meanwhile in Iraq.

Of course, here is my 13-year-old mantra: If Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq in 2003 in the first place, all those soldiers would still be alive and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would still be playing soccer in his village and tutoring Islamic phrases to the neighborhood children.

But then, of course, Saddam would still be the ruler in Iraq.

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