The pledge made by a different commander to his troops long ago haunts me:
"I will not waste you."
Waste - tragic, senseless waste - of America's best and brightest is exactly what headlines coming out of Afghanistan screams these days.
All six troops killed in a weekend roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan were Americans, NATO confirmed Monday.
Why were these sons of American families sacrificed?
Ostensibly so that we could leave the battlefield some day with honor. Or something.