Monday, May 01, 2006

The not-so accomplished mission.

Today also marks the 3 year anniversary of Bush's famous "Mission Accomplished" speech on USS aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in which he famously claimed that "Major combat operations have ended".

It turned out to be not only propaganda (remember when Bush emerged from the aircraft in full flight gear?) but also wishful thinking. It seems like decades ago though, doesn't it? With time, it looks all the more ridiculous.

Here are some fascinating and telling comparisons which I shamefully "borrowed" from Think Progress.

May 1, 2003 Today
U.S. Troops Wounded 542 17,469
U.S. Troops Killed
139 2,400
Size of U.S. Forces 150,000 132,000
Size of Iraqi Security Forces
7,000-9000 250,500
Number of Insurgents 5,000 15,000-20,000
Insurgent Attacks Per Day 8 75
Cost to U.S. Taxpayers $79 billion $320 billion
Approval of Bush’s Handling of Iraq 75% 37%
Percentage of Americans who Believe The Iraq War Was “Worth Fighting” 70% 41%
Bush’s Overall Job Approval 71% 38%

NOTE: 300,000 people marched against the war in Iraq in NY on Friday. Yet I haven't seen much coverage in the media.


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