Monday, December 05, 2005

2125 More Americans Dead, Mission Accomplished?

Update: Number of American War Dead In Iraq Approaching...OOOOPs, PASSED 2000...OOOPS 2125

I wonder when George W. Bush will do his next carrier landing --- when the number of Americans killed in Iraq & Afghanistan exceeds those killed on 9/11 by non-Iraqi terrorists?

And what will the banner say behind him next time?

"Bring It On"? "Mission Accomplished version 3000"?



IMRAN™ said...

You are correct, Imran Farooq. I do recall that then Secretary of State Colin Powell saying that basically that is not a number he much cares about.

Another interesting number that AMERICANS need to remember also is that in adition to the 2200 dead TEN TIMES more soldiers have been injured, many of them crippled for life. So, American society has 22000 members who will pay a heavy price for the rest of their lives... Mission Accomplished?

Imran Anwar

IMRAN™ said...

Remember, the number of casualties reported is literally 10% of the number of injured soldiers. Additionally, because of advances in medicine, many critically injured soldiers, who will never live normal lives, are still alive and not counted as casualties. I also recall reading that the suicide numbers, higher in this war in percentage terms than in the past, are NOT being reported or counted in the total tally. Sad, to be sent to die not for your country but for Cheney's friends.

Anonymous said...

You seem to be hung up on "mission accomplished."

The "mission" is also over in Germany,correct? North Korea? Are Troops still deployed there? Uh,yes.

Mission accomplished still confuses some. Let me help. The President answered this question himself more than once.

[b]Q:[/b] Mr. President, if I may take you back to May 1st when you stood on the USS Lincoln under a huge banner that said, "Mission Accomplished." At that time you declared major combat operations were over, but since that time there have been over 1,000 wounded, many of them amputees who are recovering at Walter Reed, 217 killed in action since that date. Will you acknowledge now that you were premature in making those remarks?

[/b]THE PRESIDENT:[/b] Nora, I think you ought to look at my speech. I said, Iraq is a dangerous place and we've still got hard work to do, there's still more to be done. And we had just come off a very successful military operation. I was there to thank the troops.

[b]The "Mission Accomplished" sign, of course, was put up by the members of the USS Abraham Lincoln, saying that their mission was accomplished.[/b] I know it was attributed some how to some ingenious advance man from my staff -- they weren't that ingenious, by the way. But my statement was a clear statement, basically recognizing that this phase of the war for Iraq was over and there was a lot of dangerous work. And it's proved to be right, it is dangerous in Iraq. It's dangerous in Iraq because there are people who can't stand the thought of a free and peaceful Iraq. It is dangerous in Iraq because there are some who believe that we're soft, that the will of the United States can be shaken by suiciders -- and suiciders who are willing to drive up to a Red Cross center, a center of international help and aid and comfort, and just kill.

It's the same mentality, by the way, that attacked us on September the 11th, 2001: we'll just destroy innocent life and watch the great United States and their friends and allies crater in the face of hardship. It's the exact same mentality. And Iraq is a part of the war on terror. I said it's a central front, a new front in the war on terror, and that's exactly what it is. And that's why it's important for us to be tough and strong and diligent.

Our strategy in Iraq is to have strike forces ready and capable to move quickly as we gather actionable intelligence. That's how you deal with terrorists. Remember, these are people that are willing to hide in societies and kill randomly. And therefore, the best way to deal with them is to harden targets, harden assets as best as you can. That means blockades and inspection spots. And, as you notice, yesterday, one fellow tried to -- was done in as a he tried to conduct a suicide mission. In other words, an Iraqi policemen did their job.

But, as well, that we've got to make sure that not only do we harden targets, but that we get actionable intelligence to intercept the missions before they begin. That means more Iraqis involved in the intelligence-gathering systems in their country so that they are active participants in securing the country from further harm.

Remember, the action in Iraq was -- to get rid of Saddam Hussein was widely supported by the Iraqi people. And the action -- the actions that we're taking to improve their country are supported by the Iraqi people. And it's going to be very important for the Iraqi people to play an active role in fighting off the few who are trying to destroy the hopes of the many. You've heard me say that before. That's just kind of the motto of the terrorists. It's the way they operate.


Major combat operations were over when that speech was made. The first phase of the mission was accomplished along with The Lincolns. War is not something that has hard fast lines drawn in the sand. It is a fluid situation at all times.

*emphasis mine