Saturday, April 22, 2006

Dear Mr. President

Tommi sent me a link to this (music) video presentation - a song from an artist named Pink. I find the work moving, even more so with my daughter beside me, crying, and willing to touch the pain of her memories in reflection of first-hand experience. God bless America.

It's time to take a walk.
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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Most Americans Say "It Wasn't Worth It"

USA Today, 3.16.06, Susan Page

Three years post Iraq war invasion, a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll finds among Americans polled that:
  • 3-1 call the effect a negative one
  • 6 in 10 say a close friend, family member, co-worker served in Iraq
  • 1 in 10 say someone close to them has been killed or wounded
  • 50% say the war has not been morally justified
  • 60% say the war has not been "worth it"
  • half of the Americans polled have displayed a yellow ribbon

Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Cost of War (So Far)

(via Daily Kos)

Knight-Ridder tallies the numbers:

M1 Abrams tanks: 20
M2 Bradley armored vehicles: 50
Stryker wheeled vehicles: 20
M113 armored personnel carriers: 20
Humvees: 250
Fox wheeled reconnaissance vehicles, mine clearers and trucks: 500
Apache attack helicopters: 27
Blackhawk utility helicopters: 21
Kiowa attack helicopters: 23
Chinnok cargo helicopters: 14

And that's losses from combat operations. Thousands more vehicles are near expiration date as they are ground down in sandy Iraq.

But the most important figure:

American soldiers: 2,270