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The hell of some ‘new normals’

Quote of the day comes from "Gold Star Father," a one-time Marine whose son became a Marine and was killed in action, made this comment the other day: " We all have’‘new normals’ as recently discussed in TBD, but some new normals are absolute hell." Yes, I know that those aren’t Marines in the photo. I ...

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Quote of the day comes from "Gold Star Father," a one-time Marine whose son became a Marine and was killed in action, made this comment the other day: " We all have'‘new normals' as recently discussed in TBD, but some new normals are absolute hell."

Yes, I know that those aren't Marines in the photo. I chose it because this is about more than his own experience, as he says "we all."

Quote of the day comes from "Gold Star Father," a one-time Marine whose son became a Marine and was killed in action, made this comment the other day: " We all have’‘new normals’ as recently discussed in TBD, but some new normals are absolute hell."

Yes, I know that those aren’t Marines in the photo. I chose it because this is about more than his own experience, as he says "we all."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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