A Grim Milestone: U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Reaches 4,000

Remember the Iraq War? News of the war is much overshadowed these days by news of the heavily contested race for the Democratic nomination. But over the weekend we reached a grim milestone (4,000 U.S. troops) and it’s a good time to stop and reflect (video via TM):

AP News reports:

The overall U.S. death toll in Iraq rose to 4,000 after four soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad, a grim milestone that is likely to fuel calls for the withdrawal of American forces as the war enters its sixth year. […]

The American deaths occurred Sunday, the same day rockets and mortars pounded the U.S.-protected Green Zone in Baghdad and a wave of attacks left at least 61 Iraqis dead nationwide.

Brandon Friedman notes on VetVoice:

American forces have just experienced the most violent two-week period in Iraq since September 2007. Unfortunately, I’m afraid this fact will be lost in the media coverage over the number 4,000 during the next several days.  Of the two significant numbers this week–4,000 killed during war and 25 in the last two weeks–the latter figure is far more significant with regard to the current situation on the ground.

We hear talk of attacks against Americans “ebbing,” ceasefires holding, and of the situation in Iraq being “not that fragile,” but this is all a bunch of happy-talk nonsense.  Between March 10 and March 23, 25 American soldiers were killed in Iraq.  The last two-week period in which U.S. forces sustained similar losses was between September 14 and September 27, when 26 were killed–a period that capped off the bloodiest summer of the war.

To go along with the American casualties, this news came at the end of a day in which more than 60 Iraqis were killed in Baghdad and just north of the city.  

We must not let the decision on who our nominee will be overshadow the need to end this war based on lies, because the bottomline is this. Both of our Democratic candidates are committed to ending the war — John McCain is not.  

See: A Mosaic: 4,000 Americans Dead

In remembrance of the 4,000 brave men and women who sacrificed everything for us — and the two men who would continue this great tragedy, despite the cost to our soldiers, our military, and our nation.

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3 Responses to A Grim Milestone: U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Reaches 4,000

  1. john stone says:

    I watched George Bush last week say that he did the right thing on Iraq and he would do it again. Also I watched Bush make jokes about no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq at the National Press Club function. When John Kerry introduced a bill in July 2006 to get us out of Iraq by 2007, the Bush Adminstration said they had a plan of their own. July 2007 has come and gone and July 2008 is right around the corner. What is the plan now?
    I wish John Kerry was President today!! Instead we have Bush and Cheney( NeoCons, Inc.)

  2. My personal experience is that the families of the fighters, and the fighters themselves, still have a majority of members who favor the BUSHCO agenda. So be it. I still respect them as mch as I can because it is they, and not I who will pay the ultimate sacrifice.

    On the other hand they all still only get one vote in any true democracy, and their votes are in favor of the losing side. While that may still leave their sacrifices bearable to them, we must not let that dictate policy for our nation, let alone for the greater community of people that we share the planet with. The human race must still try to grow in ways that the warrior class is incapable of, and they need to accept (unless they simply have too much aggression in their souls to permit it) that the vast majority will point the true way forward for all of us.

  3. Janis says:

    *grumble* I remember a guy I worked with, a Marine reservist named Alex, at the place where I worked when 911 happened. He got called up.

    I still think about him from time to time; unfortunately, there about three or so famous people who share his name so searching even for “Alex LASTNAME USMC” doesn’t return any usable results. 🙁 I’d like to know how he’s doing, and I wonder to myself whether he’s among those 4,000.