The More Things Change… Part IV.
Posting from: Philipsburg, MT
Number of civilians killed in Iraq since Obama took office: 41
Reference: Iraq Body Count database
Number of coalition forces killed in Iraq since Obama took office: 8
Reference: DoD Confirmation list hosted by icasualties.org
The above numbers aren’t even necessarily up to date due to the lag in gathering and verifying data before reporting it, but it’s pretty clear that we’re not doing very well at leaving. Imagine what 16 months worth of this is going to look like. And that’s assuming the highly unlikely best-case scenario that Obama has been trying to weasel out of since he threw down that deadline.
And that’s just Iraq. What about Afghanistan? Pakistan?
How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?
Yesterday in Iraq, Barack Obama’s responsibly leaving army blockaded a village, invaded a family home at 2:00 in the morning, and gunned down a mother and father in the bed they shared with their 9 year old daughter. (The girl, besides being orphaned, was also wounded by the gunfire.)
On Friday, in Afghanistan, Barack Obama’s army forged peace by trooping into Laghman province, surrounding houses in a village, and then launching a raid where they killed 16 civilians — 2 women, 3 children, and 11 men — with gunfire and precision bombs dropped from planes.
On Friday, in Pakistan, Barack Obama’s army forged peace by firing missiles repeatedly into houses in several villages in the Waziristan region. Barack Obama’s missiles killed twenty-two people, about 15 of them civilians and at least 3 of them children. The idea was to help create the conditions for a lasting peace.
Every one of these deaths is blood on Barack Obama’s hands. Every one of these people who were killed, were killed on Barack Obama’s orders and in the name of his war policy. Because Obama wants to wash his hands of the United States government’s war on Iraq and its war on Afghanistan, every day that he delays getting out, completely — delays getting out in the name of exit strategies and central fronts and responsibility — which is to say, delays that happen because he is still convinced that, with the right sort of gradualist policy, he can somehow try to win wars that should never have been fought — is another person who is killed so that Barack Obama, after being elected as a peace candidate, can adopt and prolong the collossal, catastrophic mistakes of a disastrous failure of a predecessor, so that he won’t come off as being soft on national defense.
I am impressed. Obama seems to be expanding the United States’ mess beyond where Bush left it. And yet this man was elected in large part on the support of those who want these wars to end.
Please. Please. Please. Think about how this happened. Enough with the feel-good dramatics. It is well past time to THINK.
[Enjoy Every Sandwich]
A bit of reality for those fools who believed that the
canonization inauguration of Saint Barack the Obamessiah was going to change anything about the realities of the Evil Empire.