Tuesday, March 25, 2008

4001 and Counting

September 11, 2001 - 2,752 Americans killed.

Operation Iraqi Freedom - 4,001 Americans killed.
"I don't think Americans are concerned if we're there (Iraq) for 100 years, or a thousand years, or 10,000 years."
- Senator John McCain on Meet the Press


Anonymous said...

I haven't liked McCain in a while given his positions on immigration and trade. But I always thought he was Mr. Military. However, after hearing his gaffe last week in which he appeared to confuse sunni and shia and whether or not Iran was helping Al-Qaeda or Shia militants, I am beginning to wonder if he really understands what is going on.

Not to take anything away from his POW experience, but that does not make him a strategist. He went through hell for sure, but he only flew about 20 hours of combat flight prior to being shot down.

Anonymous said...

With a brother in iraq I hear how proud he is to help the regular Iraqui folks and he sees that the vast majority are grateful and he sees it as a good cause.

But I can't help to think how far really is too far? Worst case scenerio: the Iraqis have taken too long to pick themselves up by their bootstraps. They're doing better now, but it's almost like watching a mentally challenged (a.k.a. retarded) child go through regular high school and how the patience is wearing thin that they're 20 years old and still in high school.

We're there now so no use in barking why, but we need an exit strategy - and keep it mum so the terrorists don't know - to get out and let the Iraqis take over. Same for Afganistan. Governments change - nothing stays the same. Let's get these two countries on their feet and then leave. In that part of the world, they'll be under new rulership anyways in 50 years so why stay around and wait on it? Bring the boys back home and if we need to return, by that time it'll all be done by robots anyways.

Let's just hope that next time we get the facts straight the first time, and if we need to do something militarily, we do have many options including the ultimate one that require a lot less manpower.