Walk the Walk

by James Carafano

When you survey the rows of crosses and Stars of David in the cemetery above the bluffs at Omaha Beach, you see seemingly endless lines of “Private…,” “Private…,” “Private…” — a reminder of who really bears the burden of America’s wars. 

Every American should resolve every day never to send our men and women into harm’s way ill-prepared or ill-armed for the task of defending us, or dispatch them on missions that do not rise to the standard of “providing for the common defense.” 

That would be the most appropriate memorial of all. 

James Jay Carafano is director of the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.