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Monday, November 07, 2005

 

For Soldiers in Iraq, A Bleak November

Attrition rate continues to be high
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Iraq Coalition Casualties, a reliable source, is reporting 20 more deaths since the beginning of November. There is no end in sight. This from an editorial in Seattle Post Intelligencer: "The invasion of Iraq, with its futile search for weapons of mass destruction or a credible prewar link between Iraq and al-Qaida, and its terrible death toll among U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, has become a noisy distraction from what Americans believed was the most crucial mission in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: Capture and punish those responsible."

"For Many In Iraq, Death Is Quick and Capricious", the Washington Post's Steve Fainaru writes about another facet of the situation faced by our soldiers: "The growing number of U.S. military deaths, which reached 2,000 last month and has since risen to 2,035, underscores a grim reality: There are countless ways to die in Iraq."
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Graph - Death in Iraq, Washington Post
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"Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it."
---Douglas MacArthur

Comments:
How timely that groups are pushing to declassify and release documents related to Johnson's intelligence failures pre- Vietnam- the parallels make the White House nervous, kind of an admission that this is in fact a 'quagmire".
 
"Quagmire", yes the signs certainly point that way.

No question that the disenchantment with Bush is growing but the administration is not going to back off--they cannot afford to. Admission of making a mistake will mean admission of lies and deceit. It will cause a firestorm.
 
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