The Department of Defense has identified 4,073 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war. NY Times -- from Names of the Dead.
From Last month
"My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East," McCain said.
From the archives -- August 2, 2000
Keynote speeches are usually aimed at firing up the crowd. Mr. McCain's passive approach flattened the already placid mood of the convention. Few delegates were likely to be convinced by his praise of the prospective nominee as ''my friend.'' Moreover, Mr. McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, described a convoluted generational and military link to the Texas governor by asserting that his grandfather had been former President George Bush's commander in World War II. Then he conceded that ''it is my turn to serve under the son of my grandfather's brave subordinate.''
I have just spent over 90 minutes sifting through old articles, quotes, speeches and whatnot.
May the soldiers be safe
May the soldiers be happy
May the soldiers be healthy
May the soldiers live in ease...