Mentally Unfit but Serving Anyway

The year began with a story about a 24-year-old ex-soldier who shot and killed a female park ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington before dying of apparent hypothermia, his body face down in the snow. Months before, the mother of Benjamin Colton Barnes’ young daughter reportedly filed for sole custody of their young … Continue reading “Mentally Unfit but Serving Anyway”

The American War Dead Disappear Into the Darkness

America’s heroes? Not so much. Not anymore. Not when they’re dead, anyway. Remember as the invasion of Iraq was about to begin, when the Bush administration decided to seriously enforce a Pentagon ban, in existence since the first Gulf War, on media coverage and images of the American dead arriving home at Dover Air Force … Continue reading “The American War Dead Disappear Into the Darkness”

Wednesday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 10 Wounded

Updated at 4:25 p.m. EDT, Sept. 30, 2009 The Red Cross warned that considering a death toll of 500 Iraqis every month as being “normal” was overly complacent. Meanwhile, at least seven Iraqis were killed and another 10 were wounded in today’s attacks. Back in the U.S., Vice President Joseph Biden welcomed home his son who spent the last year deployed to Iraq. Also, a U.S. Marine apologized for killing an unarmed Iraqi during the 2004 battle for Fallujah.