One Year After "The Last Throes of the Insurgency"

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Monday, June 5, 2006

One Year After "The Last Throes of the Insurgency"

It has been one year since Vice President Dick Cheney claimed that the insurgency in Iraq was in the "last throes."  It's hard to believe it has been a full year since those ridiculous comments from the second in command.  In Cheney's view, the Iraq war should now be over.  Unfortunately for all of us, the disillusioned man has been proven to be wrong....again.

   So let us take a look back at what has happened in Iraq since Cheney's comments.  In the last year, Iraq has dissolved into a civil war.  The media likes to refer to it as 'sectarian violence', but in reality, it is the first stage of an all-out civil war between the Sunni and the Shia.  Even the interim prime Minister of Iraq, Iyad Allawi has called it a civil war

In the last year, insurgents have stepped up their daily attacks from 70 to 75.  They have attacked U.S. forces, Iraqi police, Iraqi military forces, journalists, and have murdered a countless number of civilians.

In the last year, hundreds of American soldiers have lost their lives as a result of the insurgency.  The death toll of American forces as of May 30th was 2,452.  In the last year, insurgents have also severely wounded thousands of U.S. troops.  As of May 30th, there were 18,088 troops wounded in Iraq.  That is an average of over 6,000 per year.  That brings the total number of U.S. forces wounded or killed in Iraq to 20,540.  With 132,000 troops still in Iraq, that is about 1 out of every 7 soldiers.

I'd say that the insurgency is nowhere near the 'last throes' a year later and that it is, in fact, getting stronger.  Unfortunately, the Vice President and his boss continue to deny this and as such, are not effective.  If you're in denial about what is going on, then you're not going to be able to fix the problem.  The administration and the hard-right are still blaming the 'liberal' media for everything that goes wrong in Iraq.  Heaven forbid they stop casting blame and help get us out of this mess that is costing American lives.

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