Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Mainstream Press Not Focusing On Rising Death Toll In Iraq

In the next few weeks, the U.S. will almost certainly cross the threshold of 2,000 casualties in the Iraq War.

What's sad is that you have to dig around most newspapers to find any mention of the mounting death toll. The New York Times is one of the few newspapers to track each announced casualty, but even that little (or not so little) box is hard to find -- today it was on page A8.

In fact, stories on the day-to-day battle to defeat the Iraqi insurgency are hard to find these days. The exception is the conservative-driven storyline that we should "stay the course" in Iraq. You see a lot of Republicans, such as President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, saying that it would be wrong to "quit," "abandon" or "cut and run" from the insurgency -- even though it's hard to find any Democratic leader calling for that.

A gameplan to defeat the insurgency? Yes. To train the troops? Sure. To transfer power to the Iraqis? Absolutely. To bring in NATO or the United Nations? Perhaps. To focus our attention on hunting down Osama Bin Laden and dismantling Al Qaeda? Absolutely.

But "cut and run"? That made for a good Bush campaign speech, but find the Democratic Congressional leader with such legislation in the works. The rest -- Cindy Sheehan, the marchers in Washington -- is not much more than background noise to the people who can actually do something about policy.

"The American people and Congress are growing increasingly frustrated with the refusal of the Bush administration to come clean and talk straight about the war in Iraq," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said last week. "Our troops and the American people need the president to pay more than just lip service to a strategy for the war in Iraq, they need him to lay out what that strategy is with clear markers by which success can be measured."

And rest assured, the Bush Administration will "stay the course," at least until next year, and then only if they lose control of the House or Senate. And while the odds of Democrats taking control of the House or Senate may be improving, they remain iffy.

The death toll will continue to mount. We are not in the "last throes," as Vice President Cheney spun in May. Gen. George Casey, the top commander in Iraq, told Congress Sept. 29 that insurgencies last an average of nine years, and "there is no reason to believe this one will take any less time." That same day, U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte told the Defense Department intelligence conference that the U.S. is still struggling to understand the nature of the insurgency."

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For a better idea of how many U.S. casualties there have been, check out this short movie. Needless to say, it's highly critical of the Bush Administration -- as we all should be when it comes to this war.

The reasons behind the Iraq war amount to the second-greatest intelligence failure in U.S. history -- surpassed only by our inability to stop the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Each U.S. death is a reminder of that failure by our so-called "leaders," who tried to convince the world of some tangential relationship between Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden -- a relationship that never existed.

The death toll will continue to mount. 2,000 deaths -- likely to be reached in just a few weeks -- will almost certainly not be the last threshold the U.S. crosses.

4 Comments:

Anonymous ClintonTyree said...

I know, it's shameful, but with everything else coming apart in the bush White House Iraq has been pushed to the back burner. It's not right, our servicemen and women are dying everyday for bush's oil war and nobody seems to give a crap anymore. I only hope that with the house of bush slowly disintegrating that we'll reverse course and get the hell out of there sooner, rather than later.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous senseandsensibility said...

Why would the corporate media cover that? It doesn't benefit.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see why this quagmire is allowed to drag on for so long, exemplifying how we've learned nothing from Vietnam.
We have the press today again affording credibility today to the latest batch of Bush B.S., without asking him to provide any evidence. The insurgents and foreign terrorists fighing U.S. soldiers in Iraq NOW "want to overthrow all moderate governments and establish a radical Islamic empire that spans between Spain and Indonesia."
Yeah. Right.
Hey But Rovey said it would work for ignorant middle Americans.
See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9609094

We have anyone who speaks out against the war denounced in the MSM as a left-wing whacko, causing our spineless legislative representatives to cower for political cover instead of representing the majority of Americans who oppose the war.
We have the MSM allow Bush to take giant leaps out of historical context through routinely tagging any surge in violence to the latest pretend development in the forming of the new Iraq government.
What will it take to stop this madness...
Come on Fitzgerald with the indictments already.

12:54 PM  
Blogger CSC5502D said...

Just wait,your bloodthirsty anti-Bush media will trumpet it just like they did when it hit 1,000. Then 1500. Then every 100 since then.

Of course, for some strange reason they never talk about enemy casualties, which makes it sound like they can kill us any time they want and nothing happens in return.

But then, that's the idea, isn't it?

BTW, we still haven't hit the number killed in less than 8 hours on D-Day.

Or the number killed in one month in 1968, when that great icon of liberalism Lyndon "I can have an outhouse bombed in Hanoi" Johnson was running the war in Vietnam.

But I digress.

11:07 PM  

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