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U.S. Death Toll for June Climbs to 78

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Posted on Jun 23, 2007

Saturday was a particularly deadly day in and around Baghdad.  Eight U.S. soldiers were killed by explosions or gunfire in different parts of the capital, raising the fatality count to 30 in the last six days, according to The Washington Post.


Washington Post:

U.S. military officials say powerful roadside bombings are occurring more frequently as more American troops are deploying on the streets of Iraq, particularly in the capital. U.S. officials say many of the materials used to make the bombs and much of the know-how for building them are being imported from neighboring Iran.

In the deadliest incident Saturday, four U.S. soldiers were killed in northwest Baghdad when a roadside bomb—known as an improvised explosive device, or IED—exploded near their vehicle during combat operations, according to a military statement. An Iraqi interpreter was wounded in the attack.

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By great_satan, June 24, 2007 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

#81041 by RAE
  You’ve touched on the big touchy subject here in the US. “I’m against the war but support the troops,” is the safe thing to say here.
  Likewise, the troops are used as a political tool for those who want to withdraw. But this approach really undermines ever solving the big problem itself. The equation is simple. this is a volunteer army. No troops, no war.
  This is a quote from Wilhelm Reich’s “Mass Psychology of Fascism.”
Under the influence of politicians, masses of people tend to ascribe the responsibility for wars to those who wield power at any given time. In World War I it was the munitions industrialists; in World War II it was the psychopathic generals who were said to be guilty.This is passing the buck. The responsibility for war falls solely upon the shoulders of these same masses of people, for they have all the necessary means to avert war in their own hands. In part by their apathy, in part by their passivity, and in part actively, these masses of people make possible the catastrophes under which they themselves suffer more than anybody else. To stress this guilt on the part of masses of people, to hold them solely responsible, means to take them seriously. On the other hand, to commiserate masses of people as victims, means to treat them as small, helpless children. The former is the attitude held by genuine freedom-fighters; the latter the attitude held by the power-thirsty politicians.”

—Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism.

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By RAE, June 24, 2007 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment

And every death is completely unnecessary in this case.

With all due respect to the dead and their families I can’t help but wonder who is the stupidest… those who go or those who send them.

Fighting to DEFEND your country from invaders is one thing. Sometimes fighting IS a last resort.

But to blindly follow ILLEGAL and IMMORAL commands from such slimebucket administrators as G.W. Bush & Co, to pick fights in foreign lands, decimating entire populations and economies in the process, and do so with PRIDE and HONOR, is simply INSANITY. That’s not defending your country… it’s INVASION and MURDER.

There is no honor in these wars and those who think there is are badly misled and mistaken. You’ve been conned and you’re dying so the rich can get richer.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

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By cann4ing, June 24, 2007 at 10:20 am Link to this comment

Hmmmm!  Seems the escalation, er “surge”, is working just as planned.  More death, more destruction, more money in the bank for Haliburton and Blackwater.

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By jbart, June 24, 2007 at 9:56 am Link to this comment
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From the comments given so far I guess that caring has “evolved” to the “end game”.  We now use sarcasm in discusing our kids being killed in an absurdly “war”? It sickens me to think that the bullshit we call a “war” in Iraq has become a joke. There’s nothing funny about what this gov’t has gotten us into. Nothing funny about what we, as a country, have become. “taking to the satreets” is not, unfortunately, a viable option. Maybe, in this “new age”, we have an alternative. One that, if done in unity, CAN have an effect. Everyone of us needs to file “exempt” on our federal tax deductions. Leave state tax exeptions in place. Stop ALL federal tax deductions. If enough “citizens” do this, D.C. will definetly take notice!! Sure, we’ll get the IRS on our asses, but we’ll get a “spotlight” on us and our reasons.  Just a thought, folks.

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By TDoff, June 23, 2007 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

Wow, Bush must be nearing orgasmic glee, his surge is working so well. Success after success after success.
Makes one giddy.
Those poor terrists. They have so many targets now it is hard for them to make up their minds. Think of the stress and strain they’re under. One wonders how long they’ll be able to bear up under the strain.
And the army’s strategy is terrific. Door to door assaults, pounding cities to rubble, either en masse or house by house. Pretty soon there’ll be nothing left in Iraq but the ‘Green Zone’ and an endless stretch of rubble.
I guess that’s when Petraeus will declare ‘Victory’, and Bush, ‘Mission Accomplished II’.
Deja vu ‘Nam, ‘We hadda burn that village to save it’.

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By al trease, June 23, 2007 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment
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perhaps we need to surge the bush twins and members of congress chldren (clinton, libierman, others?) so that the true cost of this fiasco can be brought home to the remaining backers. the neocons are worried about poor little scooter and the rest of us are wringing our hands over paris while the best this country has are being blown apart. dispicable.

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By TDoff, June 23, 2007 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

Wow, Bush must be nearing orgasmic delight, his surge is working so well. Success after success after success.
His strategy is driving the terrists crazy, giving them so many targets they can hardly make up their minds. Can you imagine the stress and strain they are under? One wonders how long they can put up with this pace.
Of course, the army has a sound plan, door to door attacks, bombing cities into rubble, either en masse, or house by house, until nothing will be left except whichever US enclaves the terrists have left standing.
When Iraq consists of nothing but the ‘Green Zone’ and an endless stretch of rubble, will Petraeus be able to declare ‘Victory’, and Bush, ‘Mission Accomplished II’?
Deja vu ‘Nam, ‘We gotta burn that village to save it’.

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By QuyTran, June 23, 2007 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

Bush/Cheney are still sleeping safely in their damn ivory towers.

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By Mudwollow, June 23, 2007 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

The surge is definitely not working. 30,000 troops are obviously too small a number. We could have won this war a long time ago if the American public would just get behind the president and stop trying to second-guess his wisdom. With three or 4 million more troops in Iraq this war could be over in less than a decade. I feel so sorry for Mr. Bush. He has tried and tried to convince the American people of the importance of prevailing in this conflict. Fortunately, Mr. Bush will be out of office soon and the burden will be behind him. Mr. Bush will be able to washes his hands of Iraq and look back with a clear conscience, knowing he gave it his all. But the American people will still be in the middle of a war with no end in sight and will have no one to blame but themselves.

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