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Spinning 1000 Dead as Kerry Ducks
08 Sep 2004
The Bush White House is in full-spin mode trying to minimize the damage as the U.S. death toll in Iraq passes the 1000-mark. Kerry, meanwhile, misses an opportunity to label Iraq “Bush’s Folly.”
With the U.S. death toll in Iraq passing the 1000-mark (a lot faster than anyone, myself included, had expected), the Bush administration and the Pentagon have gone into maximum spin mode.

After all, how do you make the pointless termination of 1000 young lives palatable to an American public that is wearying of all this death and mayhem?

The Pentagon went for proportion, with a Centcom spokesman in Iraq saying that while "every death is regrettable" one had to concede that the losses were small in comparison to the number of people the U.S. has sent into Iraq. And he has a point. If we sent twice as many over there, the casualty proportion would even be smaller, so why not ramp things up and keep the casualty rate low?

Donald Rumsfeld went with the Bush administration's official line, which is the approach of trying to confuse the public about the difference between the 9/11 terror attacks and other terrorist activities on the one hand, and the Iraq invasion on the other, which of course had nothing to do with fighting terror. Rumsfeld's claim: 1000 dead is no big deal. The terrorists have killed far more than 1000 Americans.

This facile argument has the advantage that, as long as the terrorists keep winning, and killing lots of people, it gives Bush and the Pentagon the go-ahead to send more U.S. soldiers into harm's way overseas. All they have to do is keep the U.S. casualty figures down well below the number of terror casualties.

These two approaches to the steadily growing pile of body bags coming home from Iraq may work for the fewer than nine weeks that Bush needs to make it through in order to get past the Nov. 2 election (especially if Osama and his legion of Evil Ones realize that they can help the president out in his hour of need by keeping U.S. terror casualties high with a well-placed bomb in the U.S.).

The 1000-dead story in today's media also has had the beneficial side-effect, from Bush's perspective, of burying the far more dangerous story about how the U.S. is, meanwhile, losing the war in Iraq, having essentially ceded the entire "Sunni Triangle" to Iraqi rebels. This surrender of a key part of Iraq to rebel control is a disaster that is throwing into question plans for a national election set for this coming January-and certainly raises the prospect of much heavier fighting in months to come.

While Democratic candidate John Kerry is belatedly starting to respond to pressure from the Democratic rank-and-file to attack the Iraq War as the pointless endeavor it obviously is, he has yet to draw a sharp distinction between Iraq and the fight against terrorism.

For the rest of this column, please go (at no charge) to This Can't Be Happening! .
See also:
http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

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WHY IS TERRORISM CONNECTED TO IRAQ?
08 Sep 2004
RUMSFELD CLAIMS A 9-11 CONNECTION TO IRAQ.
TERRORISM...BULLSHIT!
THE ONLY TERRORISM IS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION!
THINK ABOUT IT.
THE MORE STUPID SHIT GOING ON IN IRAQ?
THE MORE TERRORIST WILL BE CREATED BY BUSH AND DUMMY RUMSFELD.
THE WORLD IS WATCHING US IN DISBELIEF. ARE WE GOING TO RE-ELECT THIS IDIOT?
I HOPE NOT.