The Reckoning.

As the Senate debates the war's future, the President confronts its cost

"Show me a hero," F. Scott Fitzgerald dared us, "and I will write you a tragedy." For Navy seal Michael Monsoor, heroism and tragedy arrived together, when the grenade thrown onto the Ramadi rooftop he patrolled bounced off his chest; he could escape--and let it kill his two comrades--or throw himself on top of it and trade his life for theirs.

The Medal of Honor, President George W. Bush said at the White House on April 8, when he presented it to Monsoor's parents, is "awarded for an act of such courage that no one could rightly be expected to undertake...

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