I haven't been doing much blogging lately because for the past two days I've been watching the Petraeus and Crocker "song and dance" routine before Congress on CSPAN. What really frustrates me is the disingenuousness that has been exhibited by the both of them in their appearances before the respective committees. Behind all of the charts and statistics discussed as to whether or not progress is being made by the surge, what is lost is that we are after all talking about people who have been injured or killed in Iraq.
I was thinking about that this evening after reading Greg Mitchell's column in Editor and Publisher. Back on August 19th, seven active-duty soldiers serving a 15-month tour with the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times titled "The War As We Saw It." The Op-Ed was very skeptical of the U.S. mission in Iraq and whether our aims could be achieved. It ended with with a rather ominous stated "We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through."[Link]
As the E & P column discussed, two of the seven soldiers who had authored the Op-Ed last month--a Sgt. Omar Mora of Texas and a Sgt. Yance T. Gray of Montana, died on Monday in a vehicle accident in Western Bagdad. This was about the same time that General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker began their "song and dance" to Congress in order to maintain the surge through next summer.