USS Cole returning to the Middle East

Wars beckon USS Cole

When the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group departs early this week, a scarred veteran of the Fourth World War will be in it:

For the first time since being attacked in Yemen nearly six years ago, the USS Cole is returning to the Middle East as support in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Navy officials announced Friday.

Of course, the Global War on TerrorTM officially began after 9/11, but the war had been going on for years. We just pretended otherwise most of the time.