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.
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.