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Friday, May 30, 2008


McClellan 's Tell-All Book

It Is the Money * Soldiers' Pay

Unlike George Tenet, who danced around the edges in his book, At the Center of the Storm, excerpts from former presidential press secretary Scott McClellan's What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception pulls no punches about the president, his key cabinet members, and all others who played a role in deceiving the American people about going to war against Iraq.

Dana Milbank in The Washington Post
Coming from a former member of the inner circle, McClellan's book made waves and will continue to do so for a while. But for some of us the excerpts produced a yawn and a sense of revulsion. McClellan was a member of the team during and after the grand deception. No matter how he tries to wiggle and explain his silence, McClellan's failure to do the honorable thing by leaving his job and speaking out is inexcusable, and the overwhelming feeling is that it is all about money.

What next? Perhaps Colin Powell -- another member of the inner circle who suffered in silence and then commented about being duped -- is writing a book. Although General Powell has spoken out about being deceived and kept out of the loop, he has been restrained in his criticism of the president. He received shoddy treatment but at this stage the good soldier might not stoop to the levels of Tenet and McClellan.
Shabby Deal for Soldiers - Suicides and PTSD

News about high suicide rate amongst soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars took me back to what I wrote last November about returning soldiers, Tolls of War: PTSD and Blake Miller, the Marlboro Man One wonders whether Bush and Cheney ever think about the dead and injured soldiers. Knowing what they did to begin the war it is hard to picture them as being affected by the high price paid by soldiers. It has been reported that the president shows emotion at times. Well, knock me down with a feather.

If Bush and Cheney were Democrats the Republicans would have called for impeachment. No, they put on a circus about Bill Clinton's diddling of Ms Lewinsky and a stained blue dress but when it came to Bush and Cheney they became like the three wise monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. A pox on them all.

Reuters News

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army on Thursday said suicides among active duty troops in 2007 had reached the highest level on record, due partly to the stress caused by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army announced that 115 soldiers, including 22 National Guard and Army Reserve troops, killed themselves last year. That marked a 12.7 percent rise from the 102 suicides recorded in 2006. There were 85 Army suicides in 2005.

It was the highest number of actual suicides in the military force since record-keeping began in 1980 and Army officials said the rate has remained at about the same level since, with 38 confirmed suicides recorded for 2008 as of last Monday.

The Army also said there were 935 suicide attempts in 2007.

The Washington Post

The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 28, 2008; 2:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- The number of troops with new cases of post-traumatic stress disorder jumped by roughly 50 percent in 2007 amid the military buildup in Iraq and increased violence there and in Afghanistan.

Records show roughly 40,000 troops have been diagnosed with the illness, also known as PTSD, since 2003. Officials believe that many more are likely keeping their illness a secret.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Pentecostals Strike Back - Devil and Charles Grassley

Pray for their Multimillion Dollar Empires and Jet-setting Lifestyle

Apparently, the investigation headed by Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) of the Senate Finance Committee into lavish spending by tax-exempt televangelists is beginning to hit them where it hurts. Now Grassley and members of the committee are under attack.

Excerpts from the report by Jacqueline L. Salmon of The Washington Post:
There is no question that "The timing is not good for the Republican Party". Part of the problems facing the party is its cozy relationship with such organizations and disregard of issues that are of concern to the American people.

Being Pentecostals satan is never far from their thoughts, and they brought him out. They need heavy guns to stop Grassley. Mention of the devil might bring the flock out of the woodworks to rally against those who dare question the perks of the televangelists. God is silent; probably sick of what they do in his name.

Under Investigation (CBS News)

The six ministries identified as being under investigation by the committee are led by: Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn. Three of the six - Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar - also sit on the Board of Regents for the Oral Roberts University.


Saturday, May 24, 2008


Rambling On Memorial Day Weekend 2008

War in Iraq * How Low Can Hillary Clinton Go ? * An Unusual Spring

The good news, if any, is that on this Memorial Day weekend we can be thankful that number of U.S. casualties in Iraq has dropped. On the flip side, one of the reasons is said to be more use of air power -- bombs, rockets -- which means higher civilian casualties. Civilian casualties in Iraq, and Afghanistan, however, have never had much of an impact here in America. Strange, as if the innocent civilians are not part of the human race.

Hillary Clinton Down and Dirty

Freudian slip.....assassination dreaming! Her comment about late Senator Robert Kennedy's assassination in June 1968 as being one of the reasons for her to stay in the race caused a firestorm. After trying to put a spin on it, Mrs. Clinton issued an apology....sort of. The NY Times editorial board has this to say:

Instead, she issued one of those tedious non-apology apologies in which it sounds like the person who is being offended is somehow at fault: “I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive.”


The Seasons: A Wintry Spring

Less than a month left before the summer solstice and we continue to have days that feel wintry. In mid-May we had a few days when the temp. reached 100 °F but usually a gusty wind blows through the Peninsula every day and going out in the evening calls for jackets or sweaters.

Bush Lupine, Water Dog Lake
© Musafir

Blue-eyed Grass and Miniature Lupine, Edgewood Park
© Musafir

White Fairy Lantern, Edgewood Park
© Musafir

Morning Glory, Edgewood Park
© Musafir

Yellow Vetch, Edgewood Park

White Thistle, Edgewood Park
© Musafir

Indian Paint Brush, Russian Ridge
© Musafir

Checker Mallow, Russian Ridge
© Musafir

Hawk's Beard, Long Ridge
© Musafir

A runner heading north on Long Ridge Trail
© Musafir

Pink Trillium, Big Basin State Park

© Musafir

White Trillium, Big Basin State Park
© Musafir

Silver Falls, Big Basin State Park
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Watsonia, Indrani C's Garden, San Mateo, CA
© Musafir

Matilja Poppy, Indrani C's Garden, San Mateo, CA
© Musafir

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Same-Sex Marriage

The Sky is Falling.....for Some

For some, California State Supreme Court's ruling on May 15, 2008, about same-sex marriage means the end of the world as they know it. Many of them believe in Armageddon and ought not to feel unhappy about the end of the world since they are assured of ascending to heaven when the day arrives. Apparently, that is not good enough; they want punishment, while they are still on earth, for those who just want to live their lives without encroaching their values, hopes, and principles on others. So they are gearing up for battle to deny civil rights and happiness to gays and lesbians in the name of god. How god feels about all this is not known. If he is up there the chances are that he does not give a hoot about who is marrying whom.

© Mel Calman

"It's certainly a temporary victory for those who favor same-sex marriage," Ron Prentice, steering committee chairman of ProtectMarriage.com, said of the decision invalidating a state law defining marriage exclusively as the union of a man and a woman. Prentice's coalition is seeking to overturn that ruling.

The Dormouse: You've got no right to grow here.
Alice: Don't talk nonsense. You know you're growing too.
The Dormouse: Yes, but I grow at a reasonable pace, not in that ridiculous fashion.
--Alice In Wonderland (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898)


Saturday, May 17, 2008


Flag Pin Does Not A Patriot Make


Barack Obama Caved In * Cherie Blair and Foreplay in a No.74 Bus

Obama went down a notch in my books by appearing with a flag pin on his lapel. His previous position on wearing of flag pins was not an important factor in my decision to support him, but it made me respect him all the more.

In his own words:
  • “This is an issue that is a phony issue because I was never opposed to wearing flag pins.”
  • He said giving up the flag pin in the first place was a commentary on hypocritical lawmakers. (Reuters Blogs)
Perhaps the number of voters to whom the wearing of flag pins is important is large enough for Barack Obama to adopt the prop. It is nothing but a prop. Perhaps he did it just as a mark of respect for the veteran who handed him the pin. His action makes it clear that Obama,too, stands ready to make compromises. It is a sad reflection on Obama and the voters.

Think of politicians who almost religiously wear flag pins, and their records. Not all of them are Republicans but Republicans have a habit of grandstanding about trivial issues. Remember former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and his cronies strutting out of the Capitol building in March 2003 to declare before TV cameras that french fries in the House cafetaria would be listed as "Freedom Fries". Why? Because France declined to join the coalition in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hastert is gone and so are freedom fries; they are now listed as french fries. Bunch of oafs.

Cherie Blair - Anything for Money

Cherie Blair, wife of the former British prime minister, recently got a lot of publicity about her tell all book, Speaking for Myself, which includes details of a ride on the top deck of a bus that made some critics talk about the book as a 'bodice ripper'. No airhead, this woman. A barrister, QC, no less. One wonders what made her write such a tawdry book. Money? Tony Blair now being on the lecture circuit that ought to provide good income for the Blairs. Perhaps they want to outdo the Clintons.

In view of his all-out support for Bush's war -- "Bush's poodle" was the unflattering term used for Blair -- it is interesting to read what Cherie Blair wrote about prime minister Blair's reaction to the news about Bush's victory in 2000.

Tony Blair's 'heart sank' when George Bush was elected US president in 2000, his wife, Cherie claims in her new book.

The former prime minister's wife reveals that the Blairs had become friendly with Al Gore, the Democratic candidate, and his wife on visits to Washington, and were disappointed when Bush was declared president."I think it's fair to say our hearts sank when the result was finally ratified," she wrote in her memoir.

The book makes no mention of what later caused the epiphany in Blair. It was reported that they prayed together during Blair's vist with Bush. Think of this scenario. Bush and Blair were down on their knees, praying, when god whispered in Tony's ear to join in the battle against the evil ones. God meant the neocons but Tony thought he meant Saddam Hussein and Iraqis with non-existent WMD. And so it goes.


Sunday, May 11, 2008


Mothers' Day 2008


Shadow of the War * Richard Yates * Gettysburg Address *Music of Bach

April was unseasonably cool. May feels the same way; some days are almost wintry. This morning does not look encouraging for those planning an outdoor celebration for Mothers' Day. Might change later; hope it does.

Reading Richard Yates' short story about a soldier in another war in another time it struck me how some things have not changed during the intervening years since Vietnam. Soldiers still catch flights to leave for the war zone; the lucky ones receive tight hugs before walking through the gate. But it took a long time for the people to wake up to the truth about Vietnam. Despite President Bush's repeated attempts to justify the war in Iraq, few people believe him. Among presidential candidates, John McCain is gung ho about the war. Hillary Clinton, who had voted in favor of the Iraq War Resolution in 2002, is facing dwindling chances of sleeping next to the 'red phone'.


From "The Right Thing", Richard Yates (1926-1992)
The Esquire Fiction Reader Vol.I edited by Rust Hills and Tom Jenks
© 1985 by Rust Hills
  • "When it was time to say goodbye at the gate to Terry's flight, Michael shook hands with him in a little excess of old soldier's heartiness: 'Well, stay loose, Terry. And keep a tight asshole.'

  • "Then Sarah opened her arms for him. She was taller than he was, but that didn't make it an awkward embrace. She held him, however briefly, in the way a man ought to be held before going to a war that nobody would ever understand."
Bush and Gettysburg Address

"When Bush tries to articulate a vision," Davis said, pausing to choose his words carefully, "he will butcher the Gettysburg Address. Obama, he will make an A&P grocery list sing."

Who said that ? Tom Davis "who chaired the NRCC for four years". Ah, the travails of the Republicans.

The sound of Bach is good for taking the mind off war, politicians and other unpleasant subjects. Helmuth Rilling on organ.

Track 3, Passacaglia and Fugue, for organ in C minor, BWV 582
Toccata and Fugue: A Bach Organ Work Selection
Denon Records, April 1995

Friday, May 09, 2008


Election 2008 - Warmongers


And Poems by Robert Hass

We have a "war president" (his own words) in the White House. The last thing we need is another president who will use threat of terrorism to continue the abuse of power that we have experienced since 9/11. McCain has made no secret of his support for the Bush administration's policies and the war in Iraq. Hillary Clinton, in her attempt to appear macho, talked about 'obliterating' Iran. Perhaps it won her some much-needed votes in Indiana.

The candidates are doing what politicians always do -- play up to the fears and prejudices. And they promise us the moon.

The economy has replaced Iraq as the Number 1 issue for voters. Rightly so. With soaring costs of gas, food, health care, and education, Americans are hurting. Iraq, however, must not be forgotten. Part of the sorry state of economy is tied to the war in Iraq and the billions of dollars being spent to continue the unjustified war. Then there is the human cost. 4073 American soldiers have lost their lives as of May 6, 2008, including 8 this month. Number of injured soldiers is nearing 30,000.

Robert Haas

It was a pleasure to read that "Time and Materials" by my favorite poet, Robert Haas, is the joint winner (with "Failure" by Philip Schultz) of this year's Pulitzer Prize.

Excerpt from "A Poem" by Robert Haas

"More Iraqi civilians have now been incidental casualties of the conduct of war in Iraq than were killed by Arab terrorists in the destruction of the World Trade Center.

In the first twenty years of the twentieth century 90 percent of war deaths were the deaths of combatants. In the last twenty years of the twentieth century 90 percent of war deaths were deaths of civilians.

There are imaginable responses to these facts. The nations of the world could stop setting an example for suicide bombers. They could abolish the use of land mines. They could abolish the use of aerial bombardment in warfare. You would think that men would relent."

Bush's War

I typed the brief phrase, "Bush's War,"
At the top of a sheet of white paper,
Having some dim intuition of a poem
Made luminous by reason that would,
Though I did not have them at hand,
Set the facts out in an orderly way.
Berlin is a northerly city. In May
At the end of the twentieth century
In the leafy precincts of Dahlem Dorf,
South of the Grunewald, near Krumme Lanke,
Spring is northerly; it begins before dawn
In a racket of bird song. The amsels
Shiver the sun up as if they were shaking
A liquid tangle of golden wire. There are two kinds
Of flowering chestnuts, red and white,
And the wet pavements are speckled
With petals from the incandescent spikes
Of their flowers and shoes at U-bahn stops
Are flecked with them. Green of holm oaks,
Birch tassels, the soft green of maples,
And the odor of lilacs is everywhere.
At Oscar Helene Heim station a farmer
Sells white asparagus from a heaped table.
In a month he'll be selling chanterelles;
In the month after that, strawberries
And small, rosy crawfish from the Spree.
The piles of stalks of the asparagus
Are startlingly phallic, phallic and tender
And deathly pale. Their seasonal appearance
Must be the remnant of some fertility ritual
Of the German tribes. Steamed, they are the color
Of old ivory. In May, in restaurants
They are served on heaped white platters
With boiled potatoes and parsley butter,
Or shavings of Parma ham and lemon juice
Or sorrel and smoked salmon. And,
Walking home in the slant, widening,
Brilliant northern light that falls
On the new-leaved birches and the elms,
Nightingales singing at the first, subtlest,
Darkening of dusk, it is a trick of the mind
That the past seems just ahead of us,
As if we were being shunted there
In the surge of a rattling funicular.
Flash forward: the firebombing of Hamburg,
Fifty thousand dead in a single night,
"The children's bodies the next day
Set in the street in rows like a market
In charred chicken." Flash forward:
Firebombing of Tokyo, a hundred thousand
In a night. Flash forward: forty-five
Thousand Polish officers slaughtered
By the Russian Army in the Katyn Woods,
The work of half a day. Flash forward:
Two million Russian prisoners of war
Murdered by the German army all across
The eastern front, supplies low,
Winter of 1943. Flash: Hiroshima.
And then Nagasaki, as if the sentence
Life is fire and flesh is ash needed
To be spoken twice. Flash: Auschwitz,
Dachau, Therienstadt, the train lurching,
The stomach woozy, past displays of falls
Of hair, piles of valises, spectacles
With frames designed to curl delicately
Around a human ear. Flash:
The gulags, seven million in Byelorussia
And Ukraine. In innocent Europe on a night
In spring, among the light-struck birches,
Students holding hands. One of them
Is carrying a novel, the German translation
Of a slim book by Marguerite Duras
About a love affair in old Saigon. (Flash:
Two million Vietnamese, fifty five thousand
Of the American young, whole races
Of tropical birds extinct from saturation bombing)
The kind of book the young love
To love, about love in time of war.
Forty five million, all told, in World War II.
In Berlin, pretty Berlin, in the spring time,
You are never not wondering how
It happened, and the people around you
In the station with chestnut petals on their shoes,
Children then, or unborn, never not
Wondering. Is it that we like the kissing
And bombing together, in prospect
At least, girls in their flowery dresses?
Someone will always want to mobilize
Death on a massive scale for economic
Domination or revenge. And the task, taken
As a task, appeals to the imagination.
The military is an engineering profession.
Look at boys playing: they love
To figure out the ways to blow things up.
But the rest of us have to go along.
Why do we do it? Certainly there's a rage
To injure what's injured us. Wars
Are always pitched to us that way.
The well-paid news readers read the reasons
On the air. And we who are injured,
Or have been convinced that we are injured,
Are always identified with virtue. It's that--
The rage to hurt mixed with self-righteousness
And fear--that's murderous.
The young Arab depilated himself
As an act of purification before he drove
The plane into the office building. It's not
Just violence, it's a taste for power
That amounts to loathing for the body.
Perhaps it's this that permits people to believe
That the dead women in the rubble of Baghdad
Who did not cast a vote for their deaths
Or the glimpse afforded them before they died
Of the raw white of the splintered bones
In the bodies of their men or their children
Are being given the gift of freedom
Which is the virtue of their injured killers.
It's hard to say which is worse about this,
The moral sloth of it or the intellectual disgrace.
And what good are our judgments to the dead?
And death the cleanser, Walt Whitman's
Sweet death, the scourer, the tender
Lover, shutter of eyelids, turns
The heaped bodies into summer fruit,
Magpies eating dark berries in the dusk
And birch pollen staining sidewalks
To the faintest gold. Bald nur--Goethe--no,
Warte nur, bald ruhest du auch. Just wait.
You will be quiet soon enough. In Dahlem,
Under the chestnuts, in the leafy spring.

--Robert Haas

The quotations are from "Time and Materials, Harper Collins Publishers © 2007 Robert Haas

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Day of Reckoning for Clinton and Obama ?

Indiana, North Carolina * Prayers at Pumps

According to pundits, if Obama wins both states then Hillary Clinton would face the inevitable and pull out of the campaign. On the morning of May 6th that scenario is not a given. The polls and projections give Obama the lead in North Carolina, and a victory for Clinton in Indiana. If that becomes reality then Clinton would continue in the race for the White House despite Obama's lead among superdelegates. Republicans would like to see that happen; it would be good for John McCain.

Indications are that Obama's delayed recognition of the true nature of Reverend Wright has not damaged him as much as some in the media thought it would. It, however, remains an issue that the Republicans are certain to revive if Obama wins the nomination. And the media would play it up.

In the meantime, the more I read about Hillary Clinton and her shameless pandering -- the gas tax holiday, downing shots in local bars, and statements about "obliterating" Iran -- the less I think of her. Her attempts to prove that she has cojones are distasteful.

The Lapel Pin Smear

In the infamous televised debate on April 16th, before Pennsylvania election, when moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos of ABC tried their best to do a hatchet job on Obama, Gibson asked him why he didn't wear a lapel pin.

Obama's answer:
  • "Well, look, I revere the American flag," he said. "And I would not be running for president if I did not revere this country. I would not be standing here if it wasn't for this country. And I've said this -- again, there's no other country in which my story is even possible."
Richard Cohen, in his column, Pins and Panders. in the Post today wrote:

Many people will read a lot of meaning into Obama's refusal to wear the pin. Some will see it as a lack of patriotism, an emotional distance from the country that has served him so well. Others, such as I, will see it as an expression of cool, the statement of a candidate who wants to be president but not at the cost of his intellectual integrity. And still others (me again) will see it as Obama's push-back, his reluctance to do something simply because it is demanded of him.

An allergy to cant can be an admirable quality in a politician, although not necessarily a politically smart one. Obama, for example, is right to label Hillary Clinton's proposal to have the government lift the gas tax this summer as "a classic Washington gimmick." Still, gimmicks like this win votes.

The Price of Gas and Jesus Freaks

A news story, dalelined May 5th, filed by AFP (Agence France Presses) caught my attention. Does Jesus care what you are paying for gas? Some "activists", crazies would be a more appropriate term, held a prayer meeting for lower prices at a gas pump in Washington.

  • "Lord, come down in a mighty way and strengthen us so that we can bring down these high gas prices," Twyman said to a chorus of "amens".
  • "Prayer is the answer to every problem in life... We call on God to intervene in the lives of the selfish, greedy people who are keeping these prices high," Twyman said on the gas station forecourt in a neighborhood of Washington that, like many of its residents, has seen better days.
  • "Lord, the prices at this pump have gone up since last week. We know that you are able, that you have all the power in the world," he prayed, before former beauty queen Rashida Jolley led the group in a modified version of the spiritual, "We Shall Overcome".
  • "We'll have lower gas prices, we'll have lower gas prices..." they sang.
  • "These prices will come down, just like the walls of Jericho came down in the Bible," he said, as another chorus of amens punctuated the sound of cash flowing out of the gas pumps.

Apparently, the prayers have not reached the almighty's ears or he has more important things to deal with. Oil prices climbed further this morning, reaching a record of $122.00 per barrel.


Friday, May 02, 2008


G.W. Bush and Hillary Clinton


Something in Common

"This is an impressive crowd. The haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base." (G.W. Bush,Al Smith Dinner, Waldorf Astoria 10/19/2000).

No surprise; it was to be expected from Bush. And his base did send him to the White House....twice. The surprise was reading about Hillary Clinton's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.

The Huffington Post April 30, 2008
The War Goes On

Haven't come across any statement by Hillary Clinton about the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. She was a supporter of the war and would like that record to disappear. Dana Milbank in the Post has a report about Bush's avoidance of the anniversary. Like Hillary Clinton's vote for the war, images of the large banner, "Mission Accomplished", cannot be buried and forgotten.
  • Now, after half a trillion dollars and the deaths of 4,000 troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis, the president's spin doctors have waved the white flag of surrender over the USS Abraham Lincoln episode. "President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific, and said mission accomplished for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission," White House press secretary Dana Perino told reporters this week.
  • That excuse didn't pass the laugh test yesterday morning, when a CNN reporter asked Murtha about it. Murtha shook his head and gave a disgusted sigh as audience members chuckled. "It's almost beyond my belief that they would think anybody would believe that," he finally said. "I'm sure the White House didn't tell [her] to say that," he added, charitably. "I'm sure that was offhand."

  • Even John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, piled on. "I thought it was wrong at the time," he said -- an effective tactic until the Democrats dug up footage of him from 2003 supporting the Mission Accomplished message.

The Dead of April

Travis L. Griffin, 27, Air Force Staff Sergeant, Apr 03, 2008 Dover, Delaware
Jeremiah E. McNeal, 23, Air National Guard Staff Sergeant, Apr 06, 2008 Norfolk, Virginia
Ulises Burgos-Cruz, 29, Army Captain, Apr 06, 2008 Not reported yet, Puerto Rico
Matthew T. Morris, 23, Army Specialist, Apr 06, 2008 Cedar Park, Texas
Shane D. Penley, 19, Army Private 1st Class, Apr 06, 2008 Sauk Village, Illinois
Stephen K. Scott, 54, Army Colonel, Apr 06, 2008 New Market, Alabama
Stuart A. Wolfer, 36, Army Major, Apr 06, 2008 Coral Springs, Florida
Emanuel Pickett, 34, Army National Guard Staff Sergeant, Apr 06, 2008 Teachey, North Carolina
Jason C. Kazarick, 30, Army Specialist, Apr 07, 2008 Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Michael T. Lilly, 23, Army Sergeant, Apr 07, 2008 Boise, Idaho
Timothy M. Smith, 25, Army Sergeant, Apr 07, 2008 South Lake Tahoe, California
Richard A. Vaughn, 22, Army Sergeant, Apr 07, 2008 San Diego, California
Jeffery L. Hartley, 25, Army Staff Sergeant, Apr 08, 2008 Hempstead, Texas
Mark E. Rosenberg, 32, Army Major, Apr 08, 2008 Miami Lakes, Florida
Anthony L. Capra, 31, Air Force Technical Sergeant, Apr 09, 2008 Hanford, California
Jesse A. Ault, 28, Army Sergeant, Apr 09, 2008 Dublin, Virginia
Jacob J. Fairbanks, 22, Army Specialist, Apr 09, 2008 Saint Paul, Minnesota
Jeremiah C. Hughes, 26, Army Specialist, Apr 09, 2008 Jacksonville, Florida
Shaun P. Tousha, 30, Army Sergeant, Apr 09, 2008 Hull, Texas
Merlin German, 22, Marine Sergeant, Apr 11, 2008 Manhattan, New York
William E. Allmon, 25, Army Specialist, Apr 12, 2008 Ardmore, Oklahoma
Arturo Huerta-Cruz, 23, Army Specialist, Apr 14, 2008 Clearwater, Florida
Joseph A. Richard III, 27, Army Sergeant, Apr 14, 2008 Lafayette, Louisiana
Richard J. Nelson, 23, Marine Reserve Corporal, Apr 14, 2008 Racine, Wisconsin
Dean D. Opicka, 29, Marine Reserve Lance Corporal, Apr 14, 2008 Waukesha, Wisconsin
Jason L. Brown, 29, Army Staff Sergeant, Apr 17, 2008 Magnolia, Texas
Benjamin K. Brosh, 22, Army Specialist, Apr 18, 2008 Colorado Springs, Colorado
Lance O. Eakes, 25, Army Specialist, Apr 18, 2008 Apex, North Carolina
Cherie L. Morton, 40, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Apr 20, 2008 Bakersfield, California
Steven J. Christofferson, 20, Army Specialist, Apr 21, 2008 Cudahy, Wisconsin
Adam J. Kohlhaas, 26, Army Sergeant, Apr 21, 2008 Perryville, Missouri
Matthew R. Vandergrift, 28, Marine 1st Lieutenant, Apr 21, 2008 Littleton, Colorado
Adrian M. Campos, 22, Navy Airman Apprentice, Apr 21, 2008 El Paso, Texas
Ronald R. Harrison, 25, Army Private, Apr 22, 2008 Morris Plains, New Jersey
Jordan C. Haerter, 19, Marine Lance Corporal, Apr 22, 2008 Sag Harbor, New York
Jonathan T. Yale, 21, Marine Corporal, Apr 22, 2008 Burkeville, Virginia
John T. Bishop, 22, Army Private 1st Class, Apr 23, 2008 Gaylord, Michigan
Ronald C. Blystone, 34, Army Staff Sergeant, Apr 23, 2008 Springfield, Missouri
Timothy W. Cunningham, 26, Army 1st Lieutenant, Apr 23, 2008 College Station, Texas
Guadalupe Cervantes Ramirez, 26, Army Sergeant, Apr 23, 2008 Mohave Valley, Arizona
Shaun J. Whitehead, 24, Army Staff Sergeant, Apr 24, 2008 Commerce, Georgia
William T. Dix, 32, Army Private 1st Class, Apr 27, 2008 Culver City, California
Adam L. Marion, 26, Army Private 1st Class, Apr 28, 2008 Mount Airy, North Carolina
Marcus C. Mathes, 26, Army Sergeant, Apr 28, 2008 Zephyrhills, Florida
David P. McCormick, 26, Army Specialist, Apr 28, 2008 Fresno, Texas
Mark A. Stone, 22, Army Sergeant, Apr 28, 2008 Buchanan Dam,, Texas
Bryan E. Bolander, 26, Army Staff Sergeant, Apr 29, 2008 Bakersfield, California
Clay A. Craig, 22, Army Staff Sergeant, Apr 29, 2008 Mesquite, Texas
Andrew. R. Pearson, 32, Army Captain, Apr 30, 2008 Billings, Montana
Ronald J. Tucker, 21, Army Specialist, Apr 30, 2008 Fountain, Colorado

Source: iCasualties.org

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