Wednesday, September 12, 2007

American Heroes Killed in Iraq

From Editor and Publisher:
Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote 'NYT' Op-Ed Die in Iraq

The Op-Ed by seven active duty U.S. soldiers in Iraq questioning the war drew international attention just three weeks ago. Now two of the seven are dead.

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." The names have just been released.

Gen. Petraeus was questioned about the message of the op-ed in testimony before a Senate committee yesterday.

The controversial Times column on Aug. 19 was called "The War As We Saw It," and expressed skepticism about American gains in Iraq. “To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched,” the group wrote.

It closed: "We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through."
Would this be a bad time to ask how the Congressional investigation into "friendly fire" death of NFL athlete-turned-Army Ranger-turned Bush critic Pat Tillman is proceeding?


Anonymous said...

From the NYT article:
"(In the course of writing this article ... one of us, Staff Sergeant Murphy, an Army Ranger and reconnaissance team leader, was shot in the head ... on Aug. 12; he is expected to survive...."

So, hey, a majority of these guys are not(yet) casualties.

majority = we're winning! ???

Rob said...

And the Republicans think those deaths are merely a "small price" to pay for the conservatives' folly...

Heartless and unthinkable doesn't begin to describe it. Yet the pain of their ultimate sacrifice is like pocket change to the GOP. No wonder they lied their way into this war.


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