I don't think that anyone is trying to say that this true hero's actions justify the war.
I think the point is that, in past conflicts, the media has made at least SOME effort to inform the public as to the positive steps our armed forces take and the heroism which is a matter of course to the best of us (those in the military).
Why not now?
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."
William F. Buckley, Jr.