Today is our 2,050th day in Iraq.
We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the warron terra, courtesy of antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4188
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4049
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3727
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3330
Since Election (1/31/05): 2750
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 625
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 378
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 445
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through $566, 275, 000, 000.00
Perhaps you've heard of Army Lieutenent Ehren Watada?
In 2006, Lt. Watada refused to deploy with his unit to Iraq, calling it a "war crime". He became the only commissioned officer to refuse service, and as such he's been under arrest ever since. His first court-martial ended in a mistrial, and even as the army was preparing to try him again, a federal judge overruled the army
, calling the trial "double-jeopardy". Of course the army is appealing the decision.