Monday, March 24, 2008

The Assembly Line of Death

Will Americans notice? Dave Lindorff chimes in:
Well, the toll of wasted American lives in Iraq has hit 4000. But hey, who’s counting? Certainly not the folks in the White House and the Pentagon, and certainly not John McCain, the prospective Republican nominee for president, who thinks the war is going just dandy.

But it’s worth noting that about a year ago, around the time that Bush’s “surge” plan got implemented with the addition of some 30,000 additional troops to the Iraq theater, the number of dead was about 3000. So it’s fair to say that Bush’s “surge” policy—his “escalation of the war in order to end it” plan—has directly led to the deaths of 1000 more young American men and women.
While looking on my own blogroll of news websites, finding a link on passing the 4000 dead soldier mark, was a relatively disappointing experience. I found few articles in the left blogosphere.

This "milestone" it's worth mentioning, DOES NOT INCLUDE the more than 4000 deaths that have occurred out-of-theater since the invasion of Iraq. These deaths are not part of the official DoD death toll because Dubya says so, and he's The Decider. Just more of the subterfuge to keep the Natives quiet.

As I've mentioned before, even the left is asleep to the loss of life and sacrifices being made by the military. Way to support the troops America.

Antiwar carries the AP story of the death toll.


Anonymous said...

I grieve the losses. Your quote of the day 'We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." sums it up.

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

I thought the EXACTLY same thing and almost added that to the post. Thank you for your attention and compassion for the fallen.

Cujo359 said...

Half a million to a million Iraqi dead, more than four million Iraqi refugees, and 4,000 of our own dead, and yet the only time we pay attention is when John McCain takes another shopping trip over there.

op99 said...

The American corporatocracy wants a military presence in the Mideast to try to control the oil supply. Should we be surprised that the corporate media underplays the story to lull the populace into accepting a permanent military presence in Iraq?

McCain and Clinton have said they plan to leave permanent bases in Iraq. Obama explicitly claims "that we will not build any permanent bases in Iraq" on his campaign web site.

MarcLord said...

People slow down and rubberneck at car accidents because they don't see them very often. And because they're kinda spooky, cautionary tales.

Iraq is like a car wreck every day, with dead bodies and severed limbs lying all over the road. It's easier to deny a steady diet of carnage than to stop driving.

tom said...

The easiest way to end this travesty is to re-institute the draft. Until the burden of war is carried by ALL Americans the outrage will only be a whisper. If it's worth fighting (and God knows it isn't) everybody needs to worry about their sons and daughters equally. Bush should be tied to a tree in section 60 at Arlington, the bastard.

Michelle said...

I like the way you guys think. My frustration is based on the "out of sight, out of mind," mentality that pervades our society. Thank you all for honoring all the dead from this hideous tragedy.

Cujo359 said...

I think the only thing we can do keep writing and speaking about this, Michelle. If no one mentions it people don't have to think about it.

Val said...

reminds me of this
i heard on npr

Pandabonium said...

"News" media coverage of the war has declined over the years, as has the awareness of the public. Not too surprising - information control and propaganda do work. See this article for some statistics on that:

It is going to get much worse soon, IMO. The fighting with Sadr in southern Iraq may be an attempt by the Cheney/Bush junta to wipe them out prior to attacking Iran (from the air). Speculation at this point but many recent news items point in that direction.

JollyRoger said...

We chose to headline it a bit differently, because the simple fact of the matter is that absolutely nothing will change prior to ridding this country of its failed "leadership." And if we don't rid this country of the Chimpleton scum now in charge, we will get out of Iraq by the most inconvenient means there is-default. Then, finally, all Americans will bear some of the sacrifice.

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