Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bringing freedom to Iraq - Bush style

This is what freedom means to Iraqis:
  • 43% of population lives in absolute poverty

  • prior to war 19% of children suffered malnutrition; today 28%

  • last year 75% elementary-aged kids went to school; now 30%

  • 70% lacked access to clean water

  • only 50 of 142 primary health care centers are open to public

Read what the Red Cross is saying about conditions in Iraq. Most Iraqis were absolutely better off under Saddam.

This is what the war means to the United States of America:
  • U.S. troops killed: 4,028

  • U.S. troops wounded: 29,676

  • U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since September 2001: Nearly 1.7 million

  • U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan more than once: More than 599,000

  • U.S. servicemembers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan who have children: 782,000

  • Percent of current and former military officers who believe the Iraq war has “stretched the U.S. military dangerously thin:” 88%

  • Percent of these officers who say the U.S. military is weaker than it was five years ago: 60%

  • Percent of U.S. troops that have served in Iraq or Afghanistan at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D.): 20%

  • Amount the United States is spending on the war in Iraq every month: $10.3 billion

According to Gen. Petraeus, any gains in Iraq are marginal and fragile. Only more of the same commitment of troops and money will preserve the fragile gains. When asked about this lack of basic necessities for Iraqis and the billions of dollars pouring into the country, Gen. Petraeus responded: “Security conditions made it difficult to bring projects to closure in a timely fashion.”

No shit.

In other words...there is no end in sight.

Thanks dumbya. Now all we need is another dumb warmonger to continue the Iraq debacle.

Crossposted at TNFree

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