Fallujah falls to al Qaeda: Did American soldiers die in vain?

Thursday's Editorial - January 9, 2014

Questions

1.  The purpose of an editorial/commentary is to explain, persuade, warn, criticize, entertain, praise or answer. What do you think is the purpose of Doug Ernst's editorial? Explain your answer.

2.  In his commentary Mr. Ernst states:  

Whether politicians agreed or disagreed with the Iraq War, it is their solemn obligation to ensure that the soldiers who willingly sacrificed themselves for the cause did not do so in vain. If there are no true statesmen left in the U.S. Congress, then Americans should admit it and become like people around the world who are just happy if someone can find them on a map.

Do you agree with this assertion?  Explain your answer.