Joint Chiefs Chairman Has Trouble Counting
Gen. Peter Pace, speaking to CBS’ Harry Smith on Memorial Day, said: “When you take a look at the life of a nation and all that’s required to keep us free, we had more than 3,000 Americans murdered on 11 September, 2001. The number who have died, sacrificed themselves since that time, is approaching that number.” In actuality, 3,455 U.S. military personnel had been killed in Iraq alone at the time of Pace’s blunder.
Just under 3,000 people were killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“At least 146 contract workers were killed in Iraq in the first three months of the year,” the NY Times recently reported, “That brings the total number of contractors killed in Iraq to at least 917, along with more than 12,000 wounded in battle or injured on the job, according to government figures and dozens of interviews.”
And yes, Pace also failed to account for the 309 dead U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
All of which brings the most conservative grand total of dead U.S. citizens up to 4,675 [actually, 4,681]. All in brilliant retaliation for the 2,787 killed on 9/11. Heckuva job, Bushies.