Today is our 2,015th day in Iraq.
As we always do, we'll start with the latest casualties from the warron terra, courtesy of antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4169
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4030
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3708
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3303
Since Election (1/31/05): 2723
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 604
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 376
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 444
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through: $556, 468, 750, 000. 00
Coupled with a proposed Wall Street bailout of $700,000,000,000.00, that's a bitter pill for the next few generations to swallow, hmm?
We're going to do something just a little bit different today. While perusing some of the other blogs linked through IAVA, I ran across something called the "Iowa Veterans Blog"
. Admittedly, nearly all of us here are hardcore liberals or have a decidedly leftward lean...so more out of curiosity than anything else, I read through some of it to see what the "other side" might think, as Iowa is pretty red these days.
I found a remarkable story about a veteran that couldn't deal with what he saw at Abu Ghraib, decided he was not following Christ, and became a conscientous objector.