What Military Medals Teach Us About The Vagueness Of The War Against ISIS

Author:
Publish date:
U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Rachel Hill, Honor Guard non-commissioned officer in charge, adjusts her ribbon rack before a funeral at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Jan. 23, 2012.

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Rachel Hill, Honor Guard non-commissioned officer in charge, adjusts her ribbon rack before a funeral at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Jan. 23, 2012.

Among the many criticisms of the Obama administration’s handling of the rise of ISIS is the precarious legal authorization used for the military action. In a thought-provoking piece in VICE, Natasha Lennard shows how that ambiguity is manifested in a surprising way — which medals soldiers who contribute to the conflict receive.