I think it is easier to mourn for the dead when their legacy stands secure. It is far more difficult to accept the sacrifice of a loved one when it appears to be in vain.
Generally the pain of loss fades with time, but I find that the collapse of our position in Iraq is having the opposite effect.
The Posse has long taken this day to remember our old friend, Capt. Sean Grimes who was killed in Iraq in 2005.
His death was a great loss for he was a good man. I sometimes find myself wondering what the world would be like with him still alive and helping others.
It was easy back then to look at our might in arms and moral strength contrasted with the depravity and cowardice of our enemies and predict victory.
But our leaders have no moral strength and their weakness is eroding our military power. The chattering classes are less concerned with the result of failure than figuring out a way to assign responsibility for it to people they don't like.
Still, it is too early yet to know what will ultimately happen. What we do know is that a good man gave his life in the service of others and all we can do is honor and respect that.