by Andy Stern
The Huffington Post
Statistics: a suicide bomber today killed 10 and wounded 43. It is easy to be numbed by statistics, by counting, and the constant drumbeat of war. And then there is Cindy. People. Phone calls at night and knocks on doors -- relief or disaster, joy or life-changing tragedy, mothers and sons never to be together again. In a war, a war of choice.
I love this country, and honor those who like Casey serve it. They deserve much better from America. They deserve the truth. They deserved a plan to win the peace. They deserved the armor to protect themselves. They deserve to be joined by the sons and daughters of others who make the choices to send all of the Casey's into harm's way or maybe, instead, they all deserve to be kept safe at home.
Cindy deserves her time with the President. She has earned it by her courage and determination. She is the voice for too many mothers who are voiceless. For too many sons never to come home. Americans gave the President our trust to wage war -- with consequences that leave many of us now questioning: why? Cindy paid a Mom's ultimate price. She deserves to be able to complete her mission, and ask her Commander in Chief, What is the plan to bring all of the other Mom's sons -- their Caseys -- home safely?
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