Sunday, September 03, 2006

That's got to be great for morale.

SOON after Specialist Michael Potocki was shot and killed in June, the soldiers in his platoon agreed on their goal for the months ahead: to survive and make it home alive.

Survival may be the only thing the troops here agree on. The first death of a comrade in battle is always an emotional shock, and the views from the foxhole here are probably as varied as the 34 soldiers. Still, in this hostile stretch of western Iraq, some of the troops have begun to wonder if the presence of United States forces here is worth the cost in American lives.

In the larger picture, one has to wonder whether this country, like those brave soldiers, will be able to survive the Bush regime.

"The spirit of Christ compels you!"

AP/Evan Vucci

full story here.