Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Meanwhile, Back in Iraq.

GOI: Yeah, remember Iraq? It's that pesky place that where we are still in a war.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Four U.S. soldiers and a Marine have been killed in attacks in Iraq, military officials said Tuesday.

Since the beginning of the Iraq war, 1,944 U.S. troops have died.


Shiite and Kurdish lawmakers quietly passed a rules change that would make it almost impossible to vote down the draft constitution in this month's referendum, a source close to the Iraqi government told CNN.

The United Nations expects the National Assembly to review the rules after the world body criticized the recent move, Reuters reported.

"We have expressed our position to the National Assembly and to the leadership of the government and told them that the decision that was taken was not acceptable and would not meet international standards," Jose Aranaz, a legal adviser to the U.N. electoral team in Iraq, told Reuters.

GOI: Ahh corruption and questionable election rule changes in Iraq. Bush should be proud. Oh yeah and just a friendly reminder:

It has been 1,484 days since the first plane hit the first World Trade Center tower on September 11, 2001 and President Bush said that we would get Osama bin Laden "dead or alive."

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crimnos said...

Thanks, I needed that, or something. :( What a mess...

james said...


You're welcome. I have pretty much had it finally with Iraq. Can't exactly point to what finally made me give up on it but Andi's comments and reminders that Iraq is already in a civil war have a part to it.

andi said...

yeah. we'll be at 2000 by the end of the year, easy. these numbers only reflect the troops who die in iraq - not those who die en route to or at other military hospitals out of country. merry f-ing christmas.

james said...


True, true.

Zen Unbound said...


I think you're incorrect about that -- but what it doesn't include is soldiers killed in Afganistan.

Also, James, there was an excellent editorial by NYTimes columnist Bob Herbert in today's Sacramento Bee. Here's the last two paragraphs:

"The American death toll in Iraw is fast approaching 2,000. If the public could see the carnage close up, the way it saw the horror of New Orleans, the outrage would be beyond belief.

"You never want to say that brave troops died for the mindless fantasies spun by a gang of dissembling, inept politicians. But what else did they die for? And what about all those men and women, some of them barely out of childhood, who are lying awake nights, hardly able to move their broken, burned and paralyzed bodies? What do we tell them as they lie there, unable to curb the pain or fight off the depression, or even begin to understand the terrible thing that has happened to them? What do we tell them about this war that their country inflicted on them for no good reason whatsoever?"


I care about the people of Iraq and still hope to see things turn around, with a real democracy, peace and stability in the country. AND, I think getting rid of Saddam is a big deal. But I cannot argue much with the words in this post or in Herbert's editorial.

james said...


Wow, what a POWERFUL editorial. Excellent with great points. Thanks for sharing.