Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, Navy SEAL, fell on a grenade to save his buddies. President Bush presented Monsoor's parents with a posthumous Medal of Honor for their son at a White House ceremony on Tuesday. Bush quoted one of the SEALS saved by Monsoor as saying, "Mikey looked death in the face that day and said, 'You cannot take my brothers. I will go in their stead.'"
So why did tears well up in Mr. Bush's eyes? After all, 4019 other U.S. military men and women have died in his preemptive war. Does he choke up upon hearing of each death he caused?
Perhaps he's thinking of his own 'courage' when he was Monsoor's age- the year [give or take] where he attended [or did not attend] Texas Air National Guard service during the Vietnam War. In front of him are the parents of a young man who did serve his country and who saved his fellow buddies by leaping on a grenade.
Maybe he was thinking of his own parents who know that he wiggled out of military service could that be why he has the tears?
Perhaps he teared-up because he is thinking back five years to his photo-op landing on the flight deck, full costume, to declare 'mission accomplished.'
Possibly the tears are supplication for the gross error in judgment in calling our military to action to drive a political agenda, a utopian scheme conjured up by a knot of idealogues much more skillful than he.
Maybe his tears are a longing for his younger years, the good times when he had fun shooting frogs in the family pond or sticking firecrackers down their throats and watching them explode.
Or, all of the above.