April 4th, 2003

Future Worth Fighting For3

Ave Et Vale, Mr Kelly

I don't know any of the troops in Iraq personally. My own service was pretty much the definition of REMF and none of the guys I served with would go to Iraq. I do know a few reservists who've been called up, but I don't think they're going to the combat zone.

One name from the front I did recognize was Michael Kelly, one of the embedded journalists. He's a columnist for the Washington Post and Atlantic Magazine, who's writing I've always tried to catch as he's been one of best explainers of the nature of this war and what America must do to win it. Some of his columns can be found at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/michaelkelly/archive.shtml.

Mr. Kelly resigned as editor of the Atlantic and became an embedded journalist with the 3rd Infantry Division. I can't help wondering if part of why he volunteered for that was to respond to the "chickenhawk" insult, or if he just wanted to share some of the risk for the war he had advocated. Maybe he was just fed up with opinion pieces and wanted to do some real reporting. The motive doesn't really matter.

Yesterday Michael Kelly died in a humvee accident in Iraq.

Hail and farewell, Mr. Kelly. I thank you for your service.
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