Monday, March 24, 2008

4,000 Americans killed in the war with Iraq

An article is on CNN.com regarding the president's comments about the 4,00o American servicemen and women killed in the line of duty in this out-of-control violent war with...nobody really in particular...Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, terrorists, an extensive variety of jihad extremists...


While reading the article, this passage caught my eye:

"Of the 4,000 U.S. military personnel killed in the war, 3,263 have been killed in attacks and fighting and 737 in non-hostile incidents, such as traffic accidents and suicides."

I'm sure this article isn't mentioning the amount of servicemen and women who were injured in battle, then go to the hospital for a while and succumb to their injuries. There's many people who have lost limbs, have PTSD, and sustained brain injuries who don't die but hang on for years, trying to get a job, be part of their family, not be freaked out and try to remember what "normal" was.

I can't believe the number of casualties is up to 4,000. There's no exit strategy for this war with Iraq, or War of Terror, or whatever they're calling it, but what's even more alarming is that there has been no measurable progress. The government isn't assembling itself or even remotely running, everything there is a mess, the "Green Zone" is a joke, and every day one or two or more of our friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers doesn't come back.

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