Slow home sales pain McDill officers
I post this video, which hit the major news markets yesterday, as a counter point to some of the commentary that followed her story.
From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
BY MICK WALSH
Staff Sgt. Jeffery Hartley had traveled from his combat outpost to Forward Operating Base Rustimiyah to mourn a fellow soldier, killed days earlier by a roadside bomb.
Such is not uncommon for the soldiers of the close-knit 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
Many of those who attended the memorial service for Sgt. Darren Dhanoolal did not know him personally.
But he was a member of the Sledgehammer Brigade.
Hartley, a staff sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, was leading his platoon back to Combat Outpost Salie following the memorial service when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
Hartley, one of three soldiers in his vehicle, was killed.
News of Hartley's April 8 death was made public a couple of days later. But the details surrounding the trip to the memorial service were not released until much later.
"He simply was one of the finest leaders I have ever known," said Capt. Drew Staples, commander of Headquarters Battery. "He combined a sense of mission with a human touch that will be hard-pressed to ever be duplicated."
SPC Sergio Sanchez, who was acting as a designated driver for his buddies, died Saturday, the Fayetteville Observer reports.
Sanchez had stepped out of a Fayetteville night club and stumbled upon a robbery in progress in the early morning of April 12. He was robbed and shot by five or six street thugs.
Sanchez, a member of the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne, had been home for 50 days after a 15-month tour in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Baghdad.Our prayers are with his family and friends.
This is from the Fayetteville Observer:
Spc. Sergio A. Sanchez, 22, was shot around at
The Police Department would not release additional details of the investigation late Sunday.
“We don’t have anything else,” a police watch commander said. “The police report has not been released yet because it’s still being investigated.”
Sanchez is a member of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, said Maj. Tom Earnhardt, a spokesman for the division. Sanchez had returned from a deployment to
Earnhardt said Sanchez was serving as the designated driver for his friends Friday night and had stepped outside the club to make a phone call. “At that time, he was attacked, resulting in a gunshot wound to him,” Earnhardt said.
“The chain of command of the division is heartsick over what happened here,” Earnhardt said. “We wish we could make some sense over what appears to us a senseless act. By all indications, we had a paratrooper who was doing the right thing for his friends.”
Sanchez was treated at the trauma center at
This is from columnist Frank Rich in today's Op Ed page:
"The simple explanation for why we shun the war is that it has gone so badly. But another answer was provided in the hearings by Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, one of the growing number of Republican lawmakers who no longer bothers to hide his exasperation. He put his finger on the collective sense of shame (not to be confused with collective guilt) that has attended America’s Iraq project.
“The truth of the matter,” Mr. Voinovich said, is that “we haven’t sacrificed one darn bit in this war, not one. Never been asked to pay for a dime, except for the people that we lost.”
This is how the war planners wanted it, of course. No new taxes, no draft, no photos of coffins, no inconveniences that might compel voters to ask tough questions. This strategy would have worked if the war had been the promised cakewalk. But now it has backfired. A home front that has not been asked to invest directly in a war, that has subcontracted it to a relatively small group of volunteers, can hardly be expected to feel it has a stake in the outcome five stalemated years on."