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Between the time of the incident and the award he recieved a promotion. Medal of Honor awards generally take a long time to process.
We weren't occupying their countries when this started. They took the fight to us and we waited until they finally killed @3000 Civilians in one day. Wars tend to be like bar fights they don't stop until one of the advesaries doesn't want to or can't get up.
If Ron Paul and congress hadn't wimped out with a "use of force resolution" instead of declaring war the lines of demarcation would be clearer. They were afraid to take the fight to the islamists that are fighting us. Check your history civilians routinely get killed in wars of all types. Especially the ones where the enemy thinks they can be used as shields or camouflage. By the way why aren't you slamming the islamists for killing civilians as they routinely do.
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