28 Sep '14, 11pm

NEW: Was human cost in Iraq worth it? GoldStar dad Gen John Kelly weighs in | By @GinaAHarkins http…

A Marine four-star general who lost a son in Afghanistan said the renewed crisis in Iraq has led some anguished Gold Star families to ask him a heart-wrenching question: Was their loss worth it? Gen. John Kelly, the chief of U.S. Southern Command, said he has only recently been asked by those who lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan whether those missions were in vain. Kelly, whose own son, Robert, died in Afghanistan’s Sangin district nearly four years ago, said the question offers a glimpse into what Gold Star families think about the way the conflicts have played out. “I think they probably have more right to question what’s going on than any other person in the country,” Kelly told Marine Corps Times in a September interview. He said military families have done a magnificent job shouldering the incredible burden of war over the past 13 years. He has been to many fun...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140927/NEWS/309270...

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