Brian Williams has come under fire (not literally) in the last few days for his account of an incident he was (or wasn’t) a part of while in Iraq covering the war. He said the Chinook he was traveling in was shot down by RPG fire, but the crew members he was with remember the day differently: a helicopter was shot down, but it was not the one Williams was riding in. BriWi has since admitted he was not aboard the downed bird, but said over the years he must have “conflated one aircraft with another.” Not surprisingly, outrage has ensued.

This is the second national outcry involving the Iraq war and the media and popular culture in as many months. American Sniper incurred a huge response before the movie based on Chris Kyle’s book had even come out. A war that was hotly debated before it started and then largely forgotten about while it raged on has suddenly reemerged on American’s consciousness.

The focus this time is less about the reasons for the war and more about how it’s recounted. It may be too little, too late, but finally there is dialogue about the war. More important than the content of the debate, in the minds at least of veterans that served with little fanfare, is the fact that debate is even happening at all