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More Americans Dying in Iraq Than Ever Before

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Posted on Feb 7, 2007
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At least 334 U.S. soldiers died from combat in Iraq from October to the end of January, the most of any four-month period to date. Battles in Baghdad have grown more frequent and roadside bombs have gotten more sophisticated and powerful, yet the president is as determined as ever to send more Americans into what Chuck Hagel called “that grinder.”


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More American troops were killed in combat in Iraq over the past four months - at least 334 through Jan. 31 - than in any comparable stretch since the war began, according to an Associated Press analysis of casualty records.

Not since the bloody battle for Fallujah in 2004 has the death toll spiked so high.

The reason is that U.S. soldiers and Marines are fighting more battles in the streets of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and other cities. And while hostile forces are using a variety of weaponry, the top killer is the roadside bomb.

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By Mike, February 20, 2007 at 5:51 am Link to this comment
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Bush made so many innocent Iraqi people to die only in search of 4,5 hijackers of WTC (which no other than american have done themselves ), and now he has pushed american soldiers to die also. IF bush had problem with Saddam then y 6 million innocents were killed?? No Iraqi want presence of americans when their families have been mutiliated by fateless americans. The resistence against foreign ruler is what poor americans called insurgents…....

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By TEG, February 7, 2007 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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I fully expect President Bush to soon fabricate some kind of military incident with Iran, exactly along the lines of a “Gulf of Tonkin” event which was “sold” to the American people as a pretext for escalating the Indochinese war with terrible loss of life for all involved.
  At this point in the Iraqi fiasco he can only endeavor to throw some more gasoline on the fire, so to speak. We can only hope that there are still people of conscience around him with enough courage and knowledge of history to convince him that this kind of scheme will NOT WORK again!

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By AnnaCatherine, February 7, 2007 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment
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This will always be known a Bush’s war.He and his regime are not the least bit concerned about the mounting death count. The dead Americans are “sacrifices” and the Iraqis simply don’t matter. Collateral damage. I remember presidents back to Roosevelt and I can’t believe what I see and hear every day. Worse than what he says and does is the fact that most Americans are uninformed and like it that way. I have never seen such indifference among the American people. Just don’t give a damn. They can’t find Baghdad on the map.

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By vet240, February 7, 2007 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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Comment to #52267 by lawlessone. Yours was an excellent article. Please continue to contribute. Thank you.

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By Trigger finger, February 7, 2007 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment
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Poor, poor George.  The faster he sink, the faster he dig, the faster he dig the faster he sink, and the faster our kids die, but the faster he get rich and dick too. Pray for George and dick and wonder how many of those billions of $‘s air lifted into Iraq, ended up back in dick and George’s bank books?  The faster he dig, the faster we must pray.  Let’s pray for feeble George and all in his unfortunate feeble administration.

Adj.  1.  feeble - pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; “a feeble excuse”; “a lame argument”

Adj.  1.  unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; “an unfortunate turn of events”; “an unfortunate decision”

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By Skruff, February 7, 2007 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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Does anyone remember the stagnation, joblessness, and mental-health horrors following the Vietnam debicle?

Small change compared to what will happen (here at home) when we run out again with our tail between our legs.

Remember the last cal for survivors flying out off the US Embassy roof, to ships which didn’t have capacity for all the hellicopters landing on them… Remember the soldiers pushing copters and planes off the deck into the ocean so the next sorte could land..

Horrible thing for folks brought up on the invincibility of these United States.

History, those who don’t learn condemmed to repeat.

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By vet240, February 7, 2007 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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Many are dying, but remember what your President (I didn’t vote for the…the….never mind), said about our need to stay to commemorate those who have already died, even though staying means more dying. Convoluted logic I reckon.

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave”- Sir Walter Scott;

My step-father was an alcoholic, his mind continued to work through-out his life. I think Bush did more than booze in his pre-40 years.

Further, I think he suffers from Penis envy, or possibly Testicle envy. Remember his dad didn’t chicken out of his military responsibilities like Junior.His mind is a mess and somebody needs to take charge, but not Cheney Please!!

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By Kol Klink, February 7, 2007 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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Why is anyone suprised that we do not control the roads in Baghdad? It is approx 12 miles from the green zone to the airport and we have never managed to secure that little stretch! Also, we have been ferrying water, food and supplies to Anbar Province by air for a couple of years now. It should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that if we can not control the roads then we can not subdue the insurgency…if that is/was our intention.

We start a ‘sweep’ of Baghdad and the insurgents melt away to the outskirts and shoot down our helicopters.

I wish George would have another talk with god and advise us all exactly what our goals are in Iraq.

Right now we are looking like a bunch of hired hands for the Shia. I think the Iranian intelligence has had us for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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By Ga, February 7, 2007 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment
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“You will find intervention in this area will be an endless entanglement. Once a nation has been aroused, no foreign power, however strong, can impose its will upon it. You will discover this for yourselves. For even if you find local leaders who in their own interests are prepared to to obey you, the people will not agree to it, and indeed do not want it. The ideology which you invoke will make no difference. Indeed, in the eyes of the masses, it will become identified with your will to power. That is why the more you become involved out there against the Communists, the more the Communists will appear as the champions of national independence, and the more support they will receive, if only from despair. We French have had experience of it. I predict you will sink step by step into a bottomless military and political quagmire, however much you spend in money and men.”
—General Charles de Gaulle, May 1961

Although the General was refering to Vietnam, change the highlighted words to Terrorists and this reads like it could have been written today about Iraq.

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By lawlessone, February 7, 2007 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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“PHOTO OPS”
Or, Bush Should Picture the Opportunities for Even Worse Disaster in Iraq

Prior to invading Iraq, apparently all Bush could visualize was photo ops like the iconic flag planting on Mt. Suribachi. He staged his own with the pretentious flight suit speech while backdropped by the infamous (and ultimately ironic) “Mission Accomplished” banner.

Unfortunately, Bush proved incapable of visualizing the photo ops that’d start surfacing from botched attempts at subjugating the increasingly hostile populace.  Flag draped rows of coffins, shrouded infant bodies by shallow dirt graves, headless bodies, blood splattered soldiers gripping shattered limbs, deceased lads and lasses in silent slide shows on the news - all unending and multiplying daily. That’s what happens when you only think about the initial conquering and when you put party hacks in charge who wish instead of plan. There’s consequences from incompetence including photographs that’ll make it seem even worse.  Now days, with cameras in almost every cell phone, the spreading images are uncontrollable.

True, there were “feel good” photos of newly rebuilt schools, but they aren’t as newsworthy the 3rd time the same school must be rebuilt, especially when the photographers are afraid to attend the ceremony. There was the interesting picture of purple fingered voters who promptly proceeded to, democratically, vote for replacing the nasty Sunni minority with the equally nasty Shiite majority. Sunnis then sought a recount with mortars shot at Shiite mosques. None of those resulting shots, either digital or explosive, were ones Bush was hoping to appear in the news. Similarly, there were the traditional photos of grinning US troops tossing candy to the clutching fingers of children trooping around. Invariably cute.  Now though, the receding image as the trucks roll on past is, as often as not, of the same kids with upraised middle fingers pointing at the same camo covered backs of our boys. In a way, they too are voting with their fingers and it’s all caught on camera.

Since Bush seems Hell bent on continuing without real hope of success at accomplishing any of his stated goals, let’s hope he doesn’t forget that even more unsettling photo, the one showing hundreds of desperate people climbing a rooftop ladder hoping to be on the last helicopter out of Saigon. Sadly, if Bush didn’t plan for the “peace,” he probably hasn’t planned for the possibility of defeat either. Sec of State Rice admitted as much by saying they weren’t even considering a “Plan B” to the “surge.”

If Bush can’t even visualize losing, how can he prepare for it if that unpleasant possibility occurs? Are we doomed to repeat every aspect of the Vietnam fiasco?  Will there be new photos of perilous rooftop rescues?

More importantly, in Vietnam, that precipitous exodus left a vast store of our military equipment in that civil war torn Southeast Asian country.  Some contemporary estimates said it automatically made communist Vietnam the 4th best equipped military in the world. What will an even better equipped hostile Iraq be or do?

Has Bush thought about the consequences of being forced to suddenly abandon the vast inventory of sophisticated, “state of the art” night vision tanks and depleted uranium tipped ammunition for instance? You can’t move it all in a day. If that enormous arsenal dump in Iraq is ever left in the control of a country tilting toward Iran, Syria and/or Palestine and if it is used against Israel, wouldn’t that be an incredible irony? Imagine the photo shot of a former US tank emblazoned with a newly painted Crescent and parked atop the rubble of the Israeli Knesset? 

I realize that Bush doesn’t care much for laws, but perhaps he should at least study up on the Law of Unintended Consequences before there’s the last photo of Bush skulking or, worse yet (from his perspective at least), being hauled out of the White House.

more at resistence-is-possible.blogspot.com

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By trantieungoc, February 7, 2007 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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This criminal administration can celebrate its glory with dead soldiers from battle fields. Bush/Cheney are very happy but they just forgot that we considered them worse than HIV.

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By Rodney Matthews, February 7, 2007 at 9:52 am Link to this comment
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Now that the insurgents can now regulary shoot down helecopters,look fot the death toll to continue to rise. Busg wants to blame ir all on Iran, which is another diversion to his failures in IRAQ! There are too many people trying to kill American soldiers in Iraq. Mostly anyone that is not White. We’ve already lost.Let’s stop the slaughter and bring our soldiers home now.

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By Skruff, February 7, 2007 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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Under the heading “People are people”

Some facts.

Fully half of the iraqi population is under 18-years old.

When a child’s parent is killed by a person, or group of people, look for retalitation throughout that child’s life.

When a child is killed. look for strong immediate reaction from parents and loved ones.

WHY is anyone surprised about what is now happening in Iraq.  To family members the unnumbered dead are more than just “colateral damage” they are just like your wife, husband, daughter, son, aunt, uncle or cousin.

ADDITIONALLY:

I grew up in New York.  If any interloper had attempted to invade MY city, they would have recieved pretty much what Americans are getting in Baghdad now..

Don’t want to get stung?

Stop swatting the wasp’s nest!

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