Somewhere over there, beyond the horizon, beyond the four-buck-a-gallon gasoline and the foreclosure crisis and the campaign sniping over what it means to be rich and who owns how many houses, there's a war on. To date this month:
18 U.S. troops killed in Iraq. Ten of those deaths are listed as "non-hostile."
191 Iraqis killed, including 158 civilians.
18 U.S. and 24 other coalition troops killed in Afghanistan. Scores of civilians, too, judging from the latest reports.