“The man the US army pays to cry”

This is a moving story about the chaplain who greets US war casualties and their families. My friend Nancy Youssef shows her depth and empathy alongside her critical analysis of US policy in this emotional, informative and important piece. Here’s an example:

“The Pentagon has repeatedly sought to downplay the U.S. military’s return to war in the Middle East. Officials once refused to call the death of U.S. troop shot in Iraq a combat death and last month, Pentagon officials said they would no longer provide details on the wounded, citing privacy concerns and not wanting to give the enemy information, even as such data was provided during the 2003-2011 Iraq war. But even as the Pentagon seeks to minimize the effects of war through a dearth of data and a surge of semantics, throughout the U.S. military there are soldiers like Wheatley whose jobs are to confront the U.S’s return to war.”

Take a few minutes to read the rest.


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