Yesterday the President pardoned three soldiers whose young lives have long been embroiled in war crimes accusations. These young men had served honorably lending me to believe the accusations were more political in nature than true war crimes. As a former soldier, I have had interest in these young men’s fortunes. Americans by and large are world leaders when it comes to armchair quarterbacking. We consume what we hear from our own selection of news and draw our own conclusions based on our personal biases. These young men’s judgements were initially born of the mindset drawn from the waterboarding stories that were so prevalent a decade ago. It is far too easy for us to sit in the comfort of our easy chairs and draw judgment on actions we feel are not appropriate..... Fact is, to the average American that has not placed themselves in harms way, there is no perspective unless you have faced the enemy on his ground. War is unspeakably brutal and you do what you must to keep yourself and your brothers in arms alive. Say what you will. These young men served honorably and our President did the right thing restoring honor to their young lives. Spin that.