Some rainy day commentary.
The BLOG site is from Riverbend in Iraq. She is writing about the personal effect of a visit to the site of a tragedy in Iraq on its 13th anniversary. It is well worth reading for a little insight into Iraq from an Iraqi perspective.
After reading the above BLOG consider the following.
The current Bush military operation civilian death toll is now 13,000. 10,000 civilian deaths in Iraq and 3,000 civilian deaths in Afghanistan due to military operations. In comparison, the 9/11 and other hostile terrorist attacks since the civilian death toll is 3,500.
There are now 540 GI's killed, some 3,000 wounded, and 20,000 flown out of Iraq for non-combat related reasons, 100 dead coalition soldiers and couple hundred coalition wounded. These are figures only the Grim Reaper can appreciate.
What is the price to US taxpayers? $72 billion for reconstruction and another $50 billion needed for Iraq and Afghanistan. This does not include the funds used for enticing coalition members with various loans, grants and sweetheart deals.
The cost of the military operation also has to be included. Congress authorized $166 Billion. In the months of Sept - Nov. $14 Billion was spent by the Pentagon in Iraq.
What Price Glory? Bush now saying it was all because Saddam had the CAPACITY for WMD.
Isn't time for a regime change?