Thursday, August 17, 2006

Losing the war on drugs, the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq...ALL AT ONCE 

The triumverate of evil?

Cheney, Bush, Rove.

The triumverate of evils dropped on the world?

1. Afghanistan is out of control, the "war" lost and only a tiny portion of the country under US control...but no better off for it.

2. The war on drugs? 90% of the world's heroine is coming from Afghanistan. The US has created the world'd hard drug factory...it has to be on purpose. You simply can't screw up this badly by accident. Even 20,000 more troops there would have put paid to this...

The United Nations reported last year that Afghanistan produced an estimated 4,500 tons of opium -- enough to make 450 tons of heroin -- nearly 90 percent of world supply....The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that opium accounted for 52 percent of Afghanistan's gross domestic product in 2005. "Now what they have is a narco-economy. If they do not get corruption sorted, they can slip into being a narco-state," the U.S. official warned.

Slip into? When 52% of your economy is due to something, you aren't slipping into it. You ARE it. That's like saying the US is slipping into a shopping-frenzied nation. HELLO.

3. As for the obviously awry "war" in Iraq, well, Bush thinks the Iraqi people he's torturing, killing and displacing aren't kissing his ass enough. Despite the fact he's spent enough to fly every single Iraqi to the US and give them $17,000 to start a new life...the place is a hellhole. But this shows what planet he's living on...

More generally, the participants said, the president expressed frustration that Iraqis had not come to appreciate the sacrifices the United States had made in Iraq, and was puzzled as to how a recent anti-American rally in support of Hezbollah in Baghdad could draw such a large crowd. “I do think he was frustrated about why 10,000 Shiites would go into the streets and demonstrate against the United States,” said another person who attended.

You know why they have "not come to appreciate the sacrifices the United States had made in Iraq"? Because you're sacrificing their friends and family, you evil cretin...

One way to estimate the actual number of Iraqi enemy combatants killed is to consider the results of anonymous surveys of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq done in 2003 as part of a study on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) published in the New England Journal of Medicine [6]. In this study, 48% of the Army soldiers who had served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and 65% of the Marines said that they were responsible for the death of at least one enemy combatant.

Since at least 180,000 Army soldiers and 58,000 Marines served in Iraq in 2003, this means that a minimum of about 124,000 U.S. troops who returned from Iraq by the end of 2003 each believed they had caused the death of one or more enemy combatants. This would not include any deaths caused by Navy or Air Force personnel, such as those that resulted from the bombing missions during the invasion, nor would it include those killed since the beginning of 2004. However, this could reflect either more or less than 124,000 enemy combatants killed, as there are likely cases where one soldier felt responsible for the deaths of multiple Iraqis, where several soldiers each felt responsible for the death of the same person, and where soldiers were incorrect in their belief that anyone had died.

These are just deaths due to direct causes. We know from the news reports alone 50,000 are dead, and likely 5-10 times as many, counting lowered live birth rates, increased spontaneous and other abortions, starvation and disease deaths, etc. Again, this translates into an equivalent (proportionate to the population) of from half a million to five million dead in the United States. Think we'd be happy if some God-fearin' marble-mouthed miscreant put his army in the US with this many Americans "sacrificed"?



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