I live in Lancaster, Pa., and recently was at a veterans administration clinic there for some lab work. The waiting room was crowded and there were several conversations under way when I got there.
In the corner was a TV set, which was tuned to CNN. When the news turned to the war in Afghanistan, the room grew silent as we all watched and listened. Eight United States servicemen were killed, the reporter said, making October one of the worst months for U.S, casualties since the war began. Several observers in the waiting room shook their heads in silence.