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Too good not to share with my fellow Democrats....
"BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 20 American service personnel were killed in military operations Saturday in one of the deadliest days for U.S. forces since the Iraq war began, and authorities also announced two U.S. combat deaths from the previous day.
The day's worst loss came from the crash of a U.S. Army helicopter northeast of Baghdad that killed 13 service members. An attack Saturday night blamed on militiamen in the city of Karbala killed five soldiers. Roadside bombs killed another soldier in the capital and one in Nineveh province north of Baghdad.[...]
Update from AP: The U.S. military on Sunday reported six more American troops killed in fighting the day before, raising the toll to 25 in the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Iraq in two years.
Look what I found the other day:
"The question, to my mind, in terms of this notion that we should have gone on and occupied Iraq is how many additional American casualties would we have had to suffer? How many additional American lives is Saddam Hussein worth? And the answer I would give is not very damn many." --From a speech delivered by then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in 1992 to the Discovery Institute in Seattle.
Let me repeat that last part, "How many additional American lives is Saddam Hussein worth? And the answer I would give is not very damn many."
I am so sorry for the loss of all 3,047 of those brave young lives .. my heart goes out to their grieving families. I feel so helpless. All I can do is write letters to Congress and protest in the voting booth .. and on this blog. And it's not like I'm totally against all war --WWII was an honorable war.
All last week Democrats and a handful of Republicans were rushing around, denouncing Bush's plans to send almost 22,000 more troops into Iraq. All they came up with was a non-binding resolution to express opposition to the plan .. but do absolutely nothing else about it.
Yes, an avalanche of other measures were also introduced, but everyone knows that none of them has a snowball's chance in hell of passing.
And Speaker Pelosi made it clear that cutting funding for the troops is off limits, at least in the House.
So what does it all mean?
It means that the troops will go to Iraq. House members and senators up for reelection in 2008 will have their butts covered because they voiced the opposition to the war that their folks back home want to hear .. and prospective candidates for president will not have boxed themselves in with statements that could come back to bite them during their campaigns.
And no one proposed a viable alternative to the troop build-up.
In short .. politics as usual.
From "Dress to Kill" .. live in Santa Monica.