Sunday, December 31, 2006

3K, 22K, & 52K

These numbers sound like wonderful foot race distances don't they? How I wish that were the case.

3000 GIs KIA in Iraq.

22032 GIs wounded in Iraq.

52297 Civilians killed in Iraq.

And unfortunately, there appears to be no end in sight.

Meanwhile, W continues to feign grief for political reasons:
"The president believes that every life is precious and grieves for each one that is lost," said White House spokesman Scott Stanzel. "He will ensure their sacrifice was not made in vain."
Here, we see the standard propaganda catapult reply where the Whitehouse attempts to use dead GIs to lever their agenda. Moreover, simply because the latest presidential spokesmodel says the president grieves doesn't make it so, now does it?

Tears of the parents who have lost their son or daughter to the slaughter speaks volumes:
“It was the type of injury you rarely recover from; in past wars you wouldn’t have gotten out of theater,” said his father, Bill Hess, a Boeing engineer and retired Air Force man. “So that was a blessing, that he could talk to us. He mouthed words and we were able to say we loved him. There is a lot to be said for that.”


Unfortunately, I don't have a more uplifting post for the new year.

Blog on friends, blog on all.

4 comments:

pissed off patricia said...

Well the world does still suck even though a new year is here, but we gotta hit it head on and keep on rocking and rolling until we turn this ship and shit around.

Anonymous said...

"The president believes that every life is precious and grieves for each one that is lost,"

George W. Bush must be a very busy man.

Kvatch said...

George W. Bush must be a very busy man.

36 days busy...assuming that he spends just a single minute grieving for each civilian death. But since the tool is probably closer to 200,000 that would be closer to 140 days.

Anonymous said...


How long does it take to grieve over a statistic?

''A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.''

Joseph Stalin
Georgian Soviet politician (1879 - 1953)