Each Sunday we hear the names and acknowledge the loss. They are men and women unknown to me who have died fighting on behalf of my country, in a mismanaged war based on lies. Seven were from California. Some were old enough to leave behind families...wives, children, maybe even grandchildren. Some were so young they probably never had a chance to find love and marry.
This week's dead are:
- Jason Dale Lewis, 30, of Brookfield, Conn.,
- Robert Richard McRill, 42, of Lake Placid, Fla.,
- Steven Phillip Daugherty, 28, of Barstow, Calif.
- Scott A.M. Oswell, 33, of Washington.
- Andrew T. Engstrom, 22, of Slaton, Texas.
- Steven A. Davis, 23, of Woodbridge, Va.
- Christopher N. Rutherford, 25, of Newport, Ohio.
- William C. Chambers, 20, of Ringgold, Ga.
- Jeremy L. Tinnel, 20, of Mechanicsville, Va.
- James L. Adair, 26, of Carthage, Texas.
- Juan M. Garcia Schill, 20, of Grants Pass, Ore.
- Raymond R. Buchan, 33, of Johnstown, Pa.
- Michael L. Ruoff Jr., 31, of Yosemite, Calif.
- Victor A. Garcia, 22, of Rialto, Calif.
- Jonathan M. Rossi, 20, of Safety Harbor, Fla.
- Robb L. Rolfing, 29, of Milton, Mass.
- Shin W. Kim, 23, of Fullerton, Calif.,
- Michael J. Martinez, 24, of Chula Vista, Calif.,
- Giann C. Joya Mendoza, 27, of North Hollywood, Calif.,
- Dustin L. Workman II, 19, of Greenwood, Neb.
- Cory F. Hiltz, 20, of La Verne, Calif.
- William W. Crow Jr., 28, of Grandview Plaza, Kan.
- Thomas P. McGee, 23, of Hawthorne, Calif., died July 6 of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Wazi Khwa, Afghanistan.
- Michelle R. Ring, 24, of Martin, Tenn., died July 5 of wounds sustained from enemy mortar fire in Baghdad.
- James M. Ahearn, 43, of Calif., and Keith A. Kline, 24, of Oak Harbor, Ohio, died July 5 when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq.
- Christopher S. Honaker, 23, of Cleveland, N.C., died July 5 of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire and indirect fire in the Watapor Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
- Joseph A. Miracle, 22, of Ortonville, Mich., died July 5 of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire and indirect fire in the Watapor Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
But there is a glimmer of hope...another Republican senator, Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico, has come to grips with reality and broken ranks with the president on Iraq, calling for a pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq. And in one of this Sunday's editorials, The Road Home, the NYT editorial board finally stated the obvious:
It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.