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Monday, November 07, 2005


For Soldiers in Iraq, A Bleak November

Attrition rate continues to be high
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."

Graph - Death in Iraq, Washington Post

"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

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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