While in both Afghanistan and Iraq, my men and I would leave the wire and face down intense firefights and lose our brothers. In one instance, a car bomb hit our front gate while I was on the phone. We watched some inside the base lose their shit despite being nowhere close to the attack or any threat toward their well being. Those same guys and girls then go home and tell everyone how they were "in the shit," but those of us who were there? We know better. They sat on base in air conditioned buildings and got Bronze Stars for powerpoint presentations and then they go home while the public lauds them for their sacrifice. I use this story to say that it's the same with AOC. While "near" danger, it's still intellectually dishonest.

To your point, we should and must remember the insurrection. It cannot be swept under the rug and men like Ted Cruz and Hawley need to be held responsible for their parts in the insurrection. But praising AOC for such an instance is foolhardy. I feel for her as past sexual trauma heightened her fear and she had every right to be afraid given the events happening nearby, but to act as if she was in the midst of it is a half truth. And a half truth is still a whole lie.

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