Friday, June 10, 2005
May 31: Iraq insurgency in 'last throes,' Cheney says
June 10: Bomb kills 5 Marines; U.S. death toll nears 1,700
Never ever forget this "last throes" statement. I mean, it's not the first time he's said it, but it had better be the final time. How long do these "last throes" last, anyway? Cheney is certain the fighting will end before this administration is gone in January 2009. That's three and a half more years of potential "last throes." And by all non-Cheney estimations, the bad guys are STRONGER, more COORDINATED, and DEADLIER than they were, say, a year ago.
As I type this, there are 1,319 Days, 8 hours, 57 minutes and 48 seconds left in the Bush presidency...and counting. If the death of American military personell keeps up at the continuing pace of 2.08 per day, we're looking at a total death toll of 4,438 by January 20, 2009. Now it's true, more Americans died on Iwo Jima alone during World War II.
But Roosevelt didn't lead our boys there with the false promise that the Japanese empire was in its "last throes." Nor did he constantly reach far, far into his ass to pull out statements like this:
"America will be safer in the long run when Iraq, and Afghanistan as well, are no longer safe havens for terrorists or places where people can gather and plan and organize attacks against the United States," he said.1,692 American men and women have died in order to turn Iraq INTO a safe haven for terrorists ... to turn Iraq INTO a place where people can gather and plan and organize attacks against the United States.
Will 4,438 be the breaking point?