Sunday, March 19, 2006

Three Years Later

*At around 0230 GMT on March 20th, 2003, shortly after the 48-hour deadline for Saddam Hussein to quit expired, The United States launched its first series of air strikes on Baghdad.

*On May 1, 2003, speaking underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Bush announced an end to major combat operations in Iraq.

*On May 31, 2005, Vice President Cheney declared the Iraqi insurgency to be in its "last throes".

*Republican Senator Chuck Hagel declared that "we're losing in Iraq" on June 19th. 2005.

*To this date a total of 2317 American soldiers have been killed in the war with Iraq, 2180 since "major combat operations ended".

*Although it is nearly impossible to accurately count the number of dead Iraqis, the total is estimated to be more than 33,600.

*Based on congressional appropriations, the estimated cost of the war in Iraq is more than $248 billion.

My heart aches.


Rhonda said...

My heart also aches.

The Boy said...

My heart aches for the thousands of young Americans who will live disabled, many of them horribly, for the rest of their lives.

My heart throws up.

Sven said...

The "official" number of American wounded is just over 17,000 but I doubt that includes those suffering non-physical injuries.

frankengirl said...

I share the pain.

"I doubt that includes those suffering non-physical injuries."

Excellent point. (And just think how that number would sky-rocket.)

Meg said...

That's awful. What a waste of lives.

Attila The Mom said...

Really great post, Sven. Thanks for writing it.

Sophia said...

Horrible. Unbelievable. And frustrating that we never seem to learn.