2,500 U.S. troops have now died in Iraq. Since we have neither a viable exit strategy nor, we know now, any real desire to ever withdraw, we should expect the next tragic milestone to be 3,000 during the next few months, then 3,500, and eventually 5,000 and beyond. Today the Pentagon also said that 18,490 troops have lost arms, legs, hands, feet, eyes, faces, or futures. Remember, we're not supposed to think about any of this beyond officially-approved bromides about "supporting the troops" or maybe doing something a bit radical like putting one of those yellow ribbon stickers on the car bumper. What are you doing to really remind others?