Even if it’s a bit hokey, if it is grist for the anti-war propaganda mill, I’m all for it.
Perhaps he can find similar stories for the tens of thousands killed by Saddam.
Or the millions massacred by the Khmer Rouge and the NVA after we pulled out of Vietnam.
Or the hundreds of thousands of US soldiers who died in WWII.
Every soldier's death in this struggle is tragic, but it is not a meaningless tragedy so long as we emerge victorious. Would the dead of Normandy and Iwo call their deaths meaningless, without value? To attempt to exploit a soldier's death - provide grist for the anti-war mill as he so callously puts it - in order to make our mission in Iraq appear futile is to dishonor the honored dead, to piss on their graves.