Just a bunch of dots, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.
That was the "trees." This is the "forest."
It’s an interactive map posted by Cox Newspapers. (NOTE: Click on image of the national map to enlarge it. Click HERE for the interactive version of the map.)
Spending any amount of time with it -- zooming in on your own local area to find out who died in your community, zooming out to the state or national level for the bigger picture -- is to be haunted by a terrible sense of waste, of all these patriotic American lives expended so carelessly by a government that should have known better, because, after all, it’s not as if they weren’t warned. (Thanks to konagod for the link.)