Monday, January 09, 2006

The Beat Goes On ~ the beat goes on...and on...on...on

Two thousand two hundred Americans have died in Iraq since we invaded; and at the recent rate of American casualties, 30 since the first of the year, we will hit the ignoble 3,000 milestone by early fall 2006.

As recently as late last spring, Americans were told by Vice President Cheney not too worry; the insurgency was in its last throes. And when the dead kept coming home in body bags to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, we were then told the insurgency would die down after the December 15 election.

Well, the election came and went, and guess what? We were lied to once again.

Fifty Six dead, an average of 2.33 casualties a day since the election. This figure is nearly identical to average daily losses of 2.35 since the start of conflict. And what's worse, many didn't even have to die.

Yep, a "secret Pentagon study [found] armor [that] has been available since 2003" could have saved hundreds of lives. All the military had to do was to buy the damn body armor for the soldiers and as many as 80 percent of marines could have been saved.

Talk about a penny wise and a pound foolish. But in the case of vulnerable American soldiers in battle, their flesh was the loser.

Here is the shameful breakdown of the bullshit landmarks that were lauded as harbingers of peace, prosperity and oil -- I mean democracy.

The figures are from the Iraq Coalition Body Count.

From December 16, 2005 (the day after 2nd round of Iraqi elections) through today's date - 56 fatalities.

From January 31, 2005 (the day after the first round of Iraqi elections) through December 15, 2005 - 717 fatalities.

June 29, 2004 (the day after the official turnover of sovereignty to Iraq) through January 30, 2005 - 579 fatalities.

May 2, 2003 through June 28, 2004 (the day of the official turnover of sovereignty to Iraq) - 718 fatalities.

March 20, 2003 through May 1, 2003 (the end of major combat) - 140 fatalities.

If we went to Iraq for oil, where is it?? Did we give it away to other countries? Was it stolen? I can’t believe the U.S. government sacrificed 2,000+ lives and we ain’t even got no damn cheap gas! Dat’s bullsheet!
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