Nevertheless, it is clear that the "surge" of U.S. forces in Iraq, ballyhooed by most mainstream media outlets as such a "success" in recent months, is now failing to control violence in that country (indeed, it is an open question whether the surge was even primarily responsible for the temporary lessening of violence, which may have been due to other, more political than military factors.) And U.S. deaths are skyrocketing. Here are the names printed in the Times today. Can anyone fail to be shocked at the sacrifices that a small number of Americans continue to make for a disastrous war that 2/3 of us now agree was a mistake? Amazing, unbelievable, shameful--that Americans (and the U.S. Congress) continue to allow this to go on during an election campaign that is largely about Iraq, or at least should be. I guess it is just fine if people continue to die at least until next January when a new president takes office. After all, why bother worrying about the war when we can jaw-jaw about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright?
Names of the Dead
The Department of Defense has identified 4,054 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans on Thursday:
CRAIG, Clay A., 22, Staff Sgt., Army; Mesquite, Tex.; 101st Airborne Division.
DIX, William T., 32, Pfc., Army; Culver City, Calif.; 555th Engineer Brigade.
GERMAN, Merlin, 22, Sgt., Marines; New York; First Marine Division.
MCDOWELL, David L., 30, Sgt. First Class, Army; Ramona, Calif.; 75th Ranger Regiment.
MARION, Adam L., 26, Pfc., Army; Mount Airy, N.C.; North Carolina Army National Guard.
MATHES, Marcus C., 26, Sgt., Army; Zephyrhills, Fla.; 10th Mountain Division.
STONE, Mark A., 22, Sgt., Army; Buchanan Dam, Tex.; 10th Mountain Division.
YELNER, Jonathan A. V., 24, Senior Airman, Air Force; Lafayette, Calif.; 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.