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March 24, 2008


The Worst of All Milestones

It's the kind of milestone you don't want to hit, although we all knew it was coming. When four US soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb on Sunday - Easter Sunday - in Iraq, the war which was supposed to take "I doubt six months" (as former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld predicted at its outset) has claimed its four-thousandth US service member.

Vice President Dick Cheney, in Jerusalem doing who-knows-what, commented that the death count reaching four-thousand is important only as it related to damaging the "American psyche". Like the other three-thousand and ninety-six who preceded were acceptable and the next nine-hundred and ninety-nice will be inconsequential.

And to someone like Mr. Cheney, it is just that - inconsequential.

Thinking about these deaths makes one go back to the days leading up to the war. We remember the lies; we remember the facts as they were fixed around the already-planned conclusion; and we remember the promises that Iraq - the second largest oil producing nation in the world - would pay for their own war, a war which was only supposed to last "I doubt six months".

A trip to WhiteHouse.gov showed this administration's disdain for the soldiers which they claim to support. The lead story is about a Q&A involving none other than Cheney and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai followed by a short blip about the President's radio address.

Of course, mentioned was the Easter Egg hunt as well no less than four times!

And when one clicks on the "Iraq" link on the white House site, a picture of President Bush with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani from September 7th and a quote from last week is all we got.

President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror
"Five years ago tonight, I promised the American people that in the struggle ahead 'we will accept no outcome but victory.' Today, standing before men and women who helped liberate a nation, I reaffirm the commitment. The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary, and it is just. And with your courage, the battle in Iraq will end in victory."
-President George W. Bush, March 19, 2008

Four thousand military service members killed in just five years and not a peep out of the Commander in Chief.

And the main stream media - that same main stream media which the Eight constantly berates as being Liberal tools of the Left - says nothing. Also peep-less.

Perhaps the real end will come on January 20, 2009.

We can hope.

-Noah Greenberg

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