On March 22nd 2017, then-DHS Secretary John F. Kelly visited ICE HQ to meet with ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and ICE Senior Leadership. After those two meetings he held a Town Hall with ICE Employees, he also took questions when he was done talking. (DHS)

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Is it just me or does this statement from the White House rebuking retired Marine Gen. John Kelly sound like a piece of North Korean propaganda?

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Between Aug. 7, 1942, and Feb. 9, 1943, U.S. forces sought to capture – and then defend – the Pacific island of Guadalcanal from the Japanese military. What started as an amphibious landing quickly turned into a series of massive air and naval battles. The campaign marked a major turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II.

It also revealed important lessons about the nature of warfare itself – ones that are particularly relevant when planning for conflict in the 21st century.

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Bryan Perry (Courtesy photo)

Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.

“I understand how difficult the transition can be, but we are still responsible for our own choices regardless of anything we may have witnessed or done overseas. He chose to put that poison in his body. He is responsible for his own death.

“He absolutely deserved to die over his drug problem, because that is exactly what killed him. I'm not saying that that is fair, but that is life. Grow the f*** up."

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This judgment came from an anonymous poster in response to, “An Army Veteran Was Left To Die In A Cell While His Jailers Laughed And Took Video." A recent Task & Purpose article documented Purple Heart recipient Bryan Perry's 2016 death.

In a viral video, Clackamas County deputies laugh as Bryan Perry gyrates on a bench with the classic symptoms of stimulant overdose: uncontrollable body movements, inability to stand, and incoherence. Yet jail personnel did not take him to the hospital. They chose instead to lock him in a padded cell and film him. One deputy suggested Bryan be displayed at schools to show kids the dangers of drugs, “Look what I got for show and tell today."

Bryan died of cardiac arrest. He had ingested methamphetamine, bath salts, and heroin. He was 31.

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