Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Number of US Military Casualties in Iraq Passes 1000

Sadly, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, the number of US killed in action in Iraq now exceeds 1,000. Since the transfer of power on June 29, 2004, the casualty rate has actually increased despite the claims of the administration that the transfer of sovereignty would be good for our troops. Seems the only thing that's changed is the media covers the deaths less.

I am reminded of an exchange between Pat Buchanan and Tim Russert on Sunday's Meet The Press, which I excerpt below. Buchanan is extremely eloquent on the failures of the war and an unlikely ally on this issue:

MR. RUSSERT: Pat Buchanan, in your book, "Where the Right Went Wrong," you write the following: "In 2003, the United States invaded a country that did not threaten us, did not attack us and did not want war with us to disarm it of weapons we have since discovered it did not have. ... Now our nation is tied down, our Army is being daily bled in a war to create democracy in a country where it has never before existed. ... With the guerrilla war, U.S. prestige has plummeted." You go on to write that Iraq was, "...the greatest strategic blunder in 40 years, a mistake more costly than Vietnam."

MR. PAT BUCHANAN: Certainly, Tim, I believe it is an unnecessary war; it is an unwise war. The United States, by invading that country and taking over its capital, we have inflamed the entire Middle East and Arab and Islamic world. American prestige and support for the president and the United States has never been lower in that part of the world. And Mr. Rumsfeld's question has been answered. He asked, "Have we been creating more terrorists than we are killing?" When he said that, some 5,000 insurgents were said to be in Baghdad by General Abizaid. The latest count is 20,000. I believe this war itself is creating a pool, a spawning pool out of which Osama bin Laden can draw recruits. I think that there has been nothing that has done more to put Osama bin Laden, if you will, in the mainstream of the Arab cause of nationalism than what appears to the Arabs to be to be a near-imperial adventure by the United States in Iraq.


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