Jim Geraghty reporting for National Review:

As noted below, there are a lot of inane and overhyped consequences of the government shutdown: the limited menu at the White House mess, the buffet spread at the weekly congressional caucus meetings, the furloughed Capitol Hill elevator operators.

But there are also consequences that leave you shaking with anger.

Over the weekend, the Department of Defense announced the death of four soldiers in Zhari District, Afghanistan, "of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device." Separately, a Marine was killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.