13 September 2007

More sad tidings

Three weeks ago I linked to an unusual and powerful op-ed in the New York Times, written by seven members of the 82nd Airborne who are -- were -- currently deployed in Iraq. At the time of publication, one of the authors had been seriously injured, and was recovering from a gunshot wound in a hospital in Germany.

Two more of the seven, Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance T. Gray died Monday in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad, two of seven U.S. troops killed in the incident which was reported just as Gen. David Petraeus was about to report to Congress on progress in the "surge."

Their voices were eloquent and thoughtful, and I admire their courage in speaking out, as I admire their courage and dedication in the prosecution of the war. When I first read their piece, I was impressed with the sophisiticated analysis they presented and the broad scope of their argument. I assumed that the authors must be high-ranking officers with considerable education and experience, and was surprised to learn at the end of the article, that they were "only" enlisted soldiers and NCOs: sergeants and specialists. I think it really says something about the quality of people, the training, and the professionalism in our armed forces that such insightful and relevant commentary could come from the "common" solders, the rank and file.

America has lost two more of its best, brightest, and bravest. How many more?

3 comments:

  1. I wish I could believe for even a moment that the motivation in keeping the soldiers in Iraq had anything to do with victory. I really wish I could believe it was motivated by something other than delaying the full impact of this villain's illegal war until after he leaves office.

    That we would continue to sacrifice people who love their country as much as these men and women, for nothing more noble than a face saving measures for the worst president in history turns my stomach. I really wish I was capable of living in the denial that the 25% of the country which supports him lives in.

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  2. NCO's are some of the brightest people in the military. They're the doers...not the thinkers sitting in their offices in Washington or cement barriers of the green zone.

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  3. I've lost a lot of friends that went to the armed forces after school, and theres 4 of my friends that I met at work that are shipping out in 6 days. I'm just going to be happy when they come home, and they're going to have to come home, we've lost too many as it is.

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