While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on September 17, 2010.
Oh man. Take a minute to read this widow's account of watching her Marine sergeant husband fall apart after he came home from Afghanistan. Two quotations that really struck me:
"I knew that we had run out of time."
And, as he contemplated suicide:
"There is no way I can stop you from doing this, is there?" she said she asked her husband.
If you know someone who seems suicidal, here is a phone number:
(HT to BD)
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.