Monday, August 24, 2015


I am amazed at the alacrity with which France has acted and, given that two of the awardees are members in good standing of the U.S. military, with how quickly the Pentagon reacted in approving the award. U.S. military personnel are not permitted to receive foreign awards without permission from the highest levels of government. Bravo Zulu guys.

French President Francois Hollande, left, poses for photographs with U.S. servicemen Alek Skarlatos (2nd left) and Spencer Stone (2nd right), US student Anthony Sadler (right) and U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley (center) after an honorary ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 24, 2015.(Photo: Yoan Valat, EPA)