LetsRun - there probably should be another thread opened up for political thoughts on US foreign policy. This thread should be for honoring a true hero who is one of the LRC community.
Congrats to Flo - realize it is a bitter sweet honor and your perspective on it being for your fallen comrades is the right one. Your story about fighting back to run again is incredibly motivational, and I wish you the best of luck in your recovery.
Once you call a man a hero for invading a foreign country you are making a strong political statement. More than that, you are advocating for the mass slaughter of millions more. Statistically speaking, babies and young children in Afghanistan are likely braver than any branch of the US military who went there to kill. Street gangs in USA are far braver and less dangerous. Smedley Butler was right: War is a Racket, and those who wage it are racketeers like Al Capone, except more deadly. Butler won the MOH twice, BTW.