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Friday, March 14, 2008

Feelin' Any Better ??


Feelin' any better today than you were five years ago about the Iraq War? Tomorrow, March 15, 2008, marks the 5th anniversary of its beginning. Have we got our $1.3 trillion dollars out of it? Do you think it's worth the steady increase in the number of people on poverty levels every year since 2001? How about the 60,000+ Iraqi citizens who have died (the US military doesn't actually keep count of those it kills there). Or how about the close to 4,000 US military folks killed in the line of duty? Oh, but here's a precious fact: 78.4% of the United States claims to be a Christian. Something isn't quite adding up for me.

21 comments:

emeraldcityguy said...

Oh that math adds up for me, but I'm bad at math and much more cynical than the average person.

Cooper said...

This just breaks my heart. So well said, Lewis.

K-A said...

Very sad and such a waste.

Trailhead said...

Excellent way to present this, L. The bottom picture made my throat catch. It's so incredibly sad that there are children who will live the rest of their lives without parents who died in a senseless war. Not to mention the Iraqi children who died themselves.

I read the other day that a substantial number of Americans have no idea that 4,000 Americans have died in this war already. Yikes.

Laurie said...

One second at war is to long. Even
one American dieing in a war is one
to many. I personally think we need
to get our military out of there
and just let alone. I don't care
about the money that has been spent
I care about the lives that have
been taken.

I want our troops home safe.

As for the 'Christian' people...
the people we bought our house
from claimed to be 'Christian' yet
they sold the house with false
information and told us lies.

Lemuel said...

There are those in the current administration who believe if you tell something often enough it become truth even if it be a lie.

Perhaps we need to tell this *truth* - that you have spoken eloquently - over and over and over again until it finally sinks in and overcomes all the lies that we have been told.

wep601 said...

This is such a tragedy! I used to work with Veterans about 4 years ago, and it was just heart wrenching to see the toll that this newest war was (and still is!) taking on our men and women--both the individuals at war, and the family members and friends at home waiting for their loved ones. Bring our troops home!

WAT said...

Those are some powerful quotes man on those memorials.

And then Bush and co. have to stand there and deny our economy isn't shitty, when they've outspent us to death on this garbage! I CANNOT BELIEVE I WAS DUPED INTO THIS SHITTY WAR!

ARGH!

bardelf said...

Think of how much good could have been done with all the money spent on this stupid war, not to mention the awful loss of lives. I see absolutely no good ever coming from Mr. Bush's oil war.

savante said...

I love the first line. Too nice a time to be fighting a war. Sigh.

afod said...

I can think of so many things that this money could have gone for, including what you have suggested. If they had said, "We've got $1.3 trillion for eradicating cancer (theoretically speaking)", do you think the President would want to do it? That would be the end of a lot of lobbyists.

francoism said...

Hey there, sorry I didn't get back to you about Orlando. As I was on a work/organized trip, every minute of every day was busy and I could not have left the group to meet you and the other bloggers. A shame really. Still, thanks for the invite.

RAD Homo said...

it all makes me so very sad...

Greg said...

Well written, Lewis.

dit said...

I read that nearly 4,000 Americans have died in this mess, war was never declared, not that it changes anything. Soon, these powers will go home with all their ill-gotten-gains. Very well written Lewis. Please do not even get me started on this. More than sad.

Ur-spo said...

I don't understand why we are not bankrupt from this.
it is awful what this fiasco has become - and staying in for the sake of not looking bad is not a good enough reason to stay in.
I feel sorry both for the iraqi people and for the national guardspeople.

Jimmi said...

Really sad huh? The only thing to come out of this war is death, and a big ass recession! Gas prices keep climbing, oh but wait, Exxon has made this 3rd all time record high in sales last month. The last 2 being since the start of the war. Really sick that people are making money hand over fist while people are dying and America is going down the drain. Sigh...

Alexander said...

I am so sick of all this--the war, the democratic infighting, politics, the U.S. obsession with sex and violence, and of course those seriously deranged Xtianists. I just wish someone would push that big reset button and let the cockroaches have their turn at it, because it's obvious that big brains do not necessarily breed intelligence, much less happiness.

Wayne said...

How can they call this mess a war? We invaded a sovereign nation for no reason. Except that Bush wanted "finish" what his daddy didn't!

Keith said...

But the surge is "working"! All the "news media" say so! You're not supposed to notice that the "news media" take dictation from the White House Press Office.

You're also not supposed to notice 4,000 dead Ameicans, a couple of million dead and wounded Iraqis, a U.S. Treasury looted by the Cheneys and Bushes, and a U.S. economy in the toilet. The Bush legacy!

T.R. said...

Off-topic - appreciated your comment on Durand's post. I get what he was saying but, nevertheless, feel the same way you do. For some, choosing a political party is a matter of life or death. In my old age I am learning that to be "silent" or "detached" does come with blood on the hands. I have admired your blog for sometime now. All the best, TR.