The military made the following announcement today: DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Spc. Christopher J. West, 26, of Arlington, Texas, died Feb. 4 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered on Feb. 3 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. ... read more

There's a word curiously absent from Matt Drudge's story about a new poll of 800 Americans on the Iraq War: In the wake of the U.S. House of Representatives passing a resolution that amounts to a vote of no confidence in the Bush administration's policies in Iraq, a new national survey by Alexandria, VA-based Public Opinion Strategies (POS) shows the American people may have some different ideas from their elected leaders on this issue. ... The survey shows Americans want to win in Iraq, and that they understand ... read more

I haven't started paying much attention to the presidential race, but I was impressed with how Sen. Barack Obama handled harsh criticism from Australian Prime Minister John Howard regarding his position on Iraq. Obama, who gave a speech opposing the war in 2002, has introduced a bill to prevent President Bush from increasing troop levels in Iraq and to remove U.S. combat forces by March 31, 2008. On Sunday, the conservative Bush ally played the terrorists-love-Democrats card on a news program, singling out Obama ... read more

One of at least two Cadenheads serving in Iraq, infantryman Spc. Randy Cadenhead, turned up in an interesting Iraq Pictures weblog. I don't know him personally, but I suspect one of the genealogists in the family could show me that we're fourth or fifth cousins. I've yet to hear from a Cadenhead who wasn't related to me, including one in Houston who hoped we weren't kin because of something I published on the web. ... read more