A day after the Democrats caved in to Bush on Iraq, the body of one of the three missing American soldiers turned up in the Euphrates River. The body, as we now know, was that of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. Joe, as his family and friends called him, was from Torrance, California, a nice middle-class town not far from where I live. Maybe you didn't see this story, but a few weeks ago a rumor appeared on the Internet that Joe had been killed. A wreath of yellow ribbons had barely been placed at his high school when Joe got on the phone to his father. No, dad, I'm not dead. I'm right here.
What a relief that must have been.
But this time Joe is dead. And just as we will never know how the 3,431 other American soldiers who've perished in Iraq died, other than to hear they were killed by roadside bombs or mortar attacks or combat or some such euphemism for the horrible deaths they likely endured, I doubt we'll ever hear what happened to Joe. Although this chilling account from AP gives a hint of it:
Hassan al-Jibouri, 32, said he saw the body with head wounds and
whip marks on its back floating in the river Wednesday morning. He
and others alerted the police.
Joe was 20 years old.
Meanwhile two more American soldiers remain out there in the so-called "triangle of death." Wounded perhaps. Tortured perhaps. Dead perhaps. Hope springs eternal. They are Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, who is 25, and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, of Waterford, Michigan, who is 19.
Meanwhile thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops are searching for them. Including 22-year-old Daniel Seitz of Pensacola Florida. Daniel, who knew Joe, was quoted in another story as trying to "stay strong," to "push ahead." But here's the problem:
It just angers me that it's just another friend I've got to lose and deal
with, because I've already lost 13 friends since I've been here and I
don't know if I can take any more of this.
I'm sure Democrats had their reasons for giving Bush his war money. Rather, occupation money. After all, who wants to oppose a President with such soaring approval ratings? That would be stupid, wouldn't it? Political suicide. And with 2008 just around the corner, no self-seeking Democrat wants to be accused of not supporting the troops. Whatever that means. If that's true, then why did Democrats reject one war bill after another until now? Why did they vow not to give Bush another penny unless he agreed to a timetable for withdrawal? Was that just posturing?
In the meantime we can look forward this summer to even more young Americans dying in Iraq.
This Saturday my son turns 17. Coincidentally a few days ago another slick recruitment letter addressed to him landed in the mail. "CAN YOU SEE THE FUTURE?" the cover trilled.
I wonder how much the Army spent on that.