From Jim Gilliam's blog archives
November 13, 2003 10:08 AM
Number of U.S. troops who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq in the last two years : 354
Number who died in Vietnam in 1963 and 1964 : 324
Percentage of Iraqis who said in July that they would rather live under the Americans than under Saddam Hussein : 29
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Paul in OC:
I don't know why the media only cares about dead American soldiers. What about the maimed American soldiers? What about the dead and maimed Iraqi civilians, UN personnel, and NGO staffers?
If someone has been horribly burned or disfigured, I would call that a life-changing event, even if they didn't die. And it's still news-worthy, even if they aren't American military personnel.
Just like Vietnam, our soldiers are coming back; some attention is briefly lavished on them, and then they go forward to be ignored by society and spend the rest of their lives dealing with their disabilities.
In exchange for their sacrifice, the soldiers are owed leadership which will be truthful with them and judicious in risking their lives. This administration has been very reckless and is wasting our soldiers lives for no substantial reason.
Thu Nov 13 2003 12:07 PM