To Lt. Kelley and all our other men and women in uniform around the world, to our soldiers and sailors, Marines and airmen and airwomen, and to their children and sweethearts, parents and siblings who will miss them tonight, we offer a Merry Christmas, together with our thanks and a promise: Your sacrifices are not forgotten.
To this I would add:
"Thank you for your service to our country. It saddens the majority of Americans to know that your country and its leaders have abused your trust and have sent you into harm's way without just cause. Please know that many of us back home are working hard and doing all we can to remedy this unacceptable situation."