Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith's family received the Medal of Honor during White House ceremonies in 2005 for his actions during the Iraq invasion. He was killed when his unit was attacked by Iraqi forces at the Baghdad airport on April 4, 2003 and is credited with saving hundreds of lives.
World leaders are urging Prime Minister Maliki to look beyond military means to resolve Iraq's crisis, that has killed more than 900 in January alone.
Today's bombings come on top of ongoing violence in Iraq's Anbar Province, where Al Qaeda-linked fighters have tried to take over cities.
It's not the Al Qaeda resurgence, Sunni-Shiite fault line narrative you've been hearing.
The chaos in Iraq is largely a function of domestic political decisions. That means the democratic process can still work in Iraq's favor.