Another “Mission Accomplished Day” post

May 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

On May 1, 2003, Bush delivered a nationally televised speech from the deck of the Abraham Lincoln in which he declared that “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” all the while standing under a banner reading: “Mission Accomplished.”   Since then 3,924 American soldiers have died.  Since the war began 4,063 soldiers have died.  A “miscalculation”?   

 5 years later…

US troop deaths hit 7-month high in Iraq: 04/30/2008
US report says al-Qaida gaining strength: 04/30/2008



Before the war, White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsay estimated the cost at $100 to $200 billion. Bush, Cheney and friends fired that guy, and found that the correct estimate for the cost of the war would be $50 to $60 billion. It’s now over $500 billion and rising.  Even if we quit today, ongoing costs (withdrawal, medical/psychiatric care, disability payments, administrative costs) will double that (the sooner we stop, the better).   


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