The National Football League recently announced a controversial policy prohibiting its players and affiliated employees from sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem. The league’s policy will allow players the option of not participating in the National Anthem by staying inside the locker room. Players choosing to violate this policy risk suspensions, and their teams will be fined.
As our wars in Asia continue, pundits often ask, “What are we accomplishing? What’s the strategy?” While that question may be valid for our enduring stay in Afghanistan, I do not think it is valid for our efforts in Iraq and Syria, where our combined forces have cleared Mosul and Raqqa, and are daily dismantling more of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate. The strategy is sound and consistent, albeit limited. Furthermore, our operations there are productive.