August 12, 2005

The "war" is going just peachy, insurgents in their "last throes"

The National Guard and Reserve suffered more combat deaths in Iraq during the first 10 days of August - at least 32, according to a Pentagon count - than in any full month of the entire war.

More broadly, Pentagon casualty reports show that the number of deaths among Guard and Reserve forces has been trending upward much of this year, totaling more than 100 since May 1. That ranks as the deadliest stretch of the war for the Guard and Reserve, whose members perform both combat and support missions.

Is what we're accomplishing in Iraq worth tearing these people from their jobs, community, and family, spending millions to train and equip them, then sending them half way around the world for them to get murdered by those opposed to US interests colonizing their country?

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At 8/12/2005 5:47 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

It appears that President Bush pays more attention to the opinions of others than we have been led to believe. Pentagon and Congressional leaders, presumably reacting to the drop in public approval of the handling of the war, have been talking lately about how much and how soon we can reduce the number of our troops in Iraq. This has led to some criticism in the conservative press where concerns were expressed that the Administration was "giving up on Iraq". President Bush, reacting to the conservative pressure, not to public opinion as a whole, announced that he was "staying the course" and would not be reducing the number of troops until the Iraqi forces could stand on their own -- a time which all seem to agree is very far off.
The President does listen. Just not to YOU.

At 8/12/2005 3:54 PM, Blogger diehard said...

In insurgent struggles you don't have to win to defeat a large occupying force. All you need to do is harrass them enough that they tire of messing with you and you leave.
Vietnam,Ireland's war of Independence,India, The American Revolution, Somolia,etc
The Sunnis Shias and Curds are united and they probably don't even realize it.
All three want there country back.

At 8/13/2005 2:32 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Excellent observations Diehard.

At 8/13/2005 3:21 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Thanks Dopster!! What part of Quagmire doesnt the Chimporer understand?
O.k. the Republicans finally got this war theyve wanted since the Reagen administration. Thanks to 911 the right wing was able to stear the media and wimpy Democrats[Lane Evans was a no vote] into a war with a country that had done absoulutly nothing to us.
Now these same Democrats are afraid to admit they were wrong?
Well get over yourselves guys are dying over there!

At 8/14/2005 9:51 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Lane Evans is our guy! Wish we had a few more like him in Congress.


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