A soldier’s 10th deployment

Last night’s State of the Union proved Speaker Boehner really does need an intervention for his tanning bed use, VP Biden has now officially turned into your crazy old uncle, and the GOP has jumped the shark in choosing patriotic backdrops (notice the apples; pie anyone?) for their SOTU responses.   But what continues to stick in my mind is the moment when President Obama introduces Army Sergeant 1st class Cory Remsburg.  No, not because of the two minute standing ovation he received and the understandable emotional reaction people (and myself) had- but to this line in Obama’s introduction:

“A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan.”

His 10th deployment.  Think about that for a minute.


Plenty of news orgs are characterizing this as the SOTU high point, but I haven’t read any stories or heard any of the talkingheads this morning pointing out the outrageousness of a soldier on his 10th deployment and how it illustrates the constant state of war this country is in.  Our politicians are great at waving flags and giving standing ovations for injured soldiers while ignoring what this does to a country and its people’s souls.


  1. Carol Brown says:

    We never discuss the ELEPHANT in the room. I, too was taken aback by the phrase “tenth deployment”…

  2. Kimberly True says:

    Obama did say we cannot be in a perpetual war mode, so I think he meant to emphasize that, as part of this larger point.

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