>Hooray for the War On Terror
>Yesterday marked 2,000 deaths of American soldiers. See their faces here. I’m sure glad we are bringing freedom and liberty to the people of Iraq. I hope they don’t mind the 26,732 civilian casualties (to date) they’ve had to endure to get to this point. Oh well…I guess that’s the price you pay for democracy. And that is what they want, right? At least we are keeping the Iraqis from unleashing their WMDs against us…oh wait.
I personally am waiting for the day our dead in Iraq equals our 2,986 that died on 9/11. We are really showing it to those Arabs. We already killed 9 times that of their people. We’ll show them. Or maybe we’ll just piss them off into an endless cycle or terrorism and Jihad.
What am I saying? This war ended on May 1, 2003.
And since that wonderful occassion, 1864 of our soldiers have been killed. Sounds a little backwards, but what do I know about combat or the price of freedom?
Keep this in mind…one Bush did foresee this all happening…
“Extending the war into Iraq would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Exceeding the U.N.’s mandate would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land.”
— From “Why We Didn’t Remove Saddam” by George Bush [Sr.] and Brent Scowcroft, Time Magazine, 1998
So here’s to 2000 more and many more years of the endless war on terror. Cheers!
>As the Deuce Four heads home this week, they leave behind a Mosul that, while not yet in the clear, is much closer to security and prosperity than anyone would have considered possible eight months ago. In between the daily secret reports Kurilla has brought to his hospital room so he can track his battalion, the Commander watches television news, increasingly frustrated by what he sees as a clear, and inaccurate, negative bias. “When you get the news back here in the states, it’s all doom and body counts. I only wish the American public could see the incredible progress that is being made every day in Iraq, particularly in places like Mosul.
>See next post for my response.