According to JUST FOREIGN POLICY at http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/obamavsbush 575 Americans died in Afghanistan during the Bush regime’s prosecution of that war. Bush said he had a reason for invading Afghanistan. Now the Obama regime has seen 1620 die although having declared that there is NO reason for the U.S. to be there. Nevertheless, the Obama regime asserts that American troops will have to continue dying for the foreseeable future.
Many, if not most, Obama votes were made because the candidate promised an end to the Bush wars for no good reason. Yet the wars have now become the Obama wars for no reason.
Video displays the collateral damage – the killing of children and civilians – experienced by a MILLION or more Iraqis in the neverending Bush-Obama War on Iraq. Some images may be too disturbing for sensitive viewers.
As of February 23, 2010, 4379 Americans have been killed in the Bush-Obama War on Iraq and 31,693 have been injured.
Remember, this is a war for which the Government has yet to float a satisfactory explanation — no WMDs, no involvement in 9-11 — we don’t know why we’re there, we’re just there, and we can’t leave until we fulfill our mission although we don’t know what that mission is.
One day in the live of Private John Smith would take the creative talents of Franz Kafka.
The United States maintains over 700 bases or installations in 148 countries. The American military maintains more bases than the British Empire when it controlled a quarter of the Earth and more than the Roman Empire. The American Republic has been transformed into an Empire without ever consulting the American people.
We spend over a TRILLION dollars annually to maintain this Empire. We spend more on the military than all of our potential enemies — China, Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea — combined. The U.S. Navy possesses firepower greater than the next 13 navies.
We’ve invaded Panama, Grenada, Iraq, Haiti, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Colombia. We’ve bombed Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia with more explosives than we used in all of World War II killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of children who never meant us any ill.
We are the Evil Empire we once feared in another.
This Paul Hipp song was done when 2600 Americans had died in the Bush War on Iraq. Today the casualty rates are 4371 Americans killed — 31,557 seriously injured in the Bush-Obama Wars. It isn’t accurate, however, to just count Americans. The total casualty rates are 849,845 people killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since the U.S. attacks, based on lowest credible estimates. About 283 times as many people have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq than in the ghastly attacks of September 11, 2001. More than 121 times as many people have been killed in these wars and occupations than in all terrorist attacks in the world from 1993-2004, according to data compiled by the US State Department.
The United States didn’t set out to eradicate the Mandeans, one of the oldest, smallest and least understood of the many minorities in Iraq. This extinction in the making has simply been another unfortunate and entirely unintended consequence of our invasion of Iraq—though that will be of little comfort to the Mandeans, whose 2,000-year-old culture is in grave danger of disappearing from the face of the earth. . . . . When American forces invaded in 2003, there were probably 60,000 Mandeans in Iraq; today, fewer than 5,000 remain. . . . Of the mere 500 Iraqi refugees who were allowed into the United States from April 2003 to April 2007, only a few were Mandeans. And despite the Bush administration’s commitment to let in 7,000 refugees in the fiscal year that ended [September 30, 2007], fewer than 2,000, including just three Iraqi Mandean families, entered the country. If all Iraqi Mandeans are granted privileged status and allowed to enter the United States in significant numbers, it may just be enough to save them and their ancient culture from destruction. If not, after 2,000 years of history, of persecution and tenacious survival, the last Gnostics will finally disappear, victims of an extinction inadvertently set into motion by our nation’s negligence in Iraq.
– Nathaniel Deutsch, professor of religion, Swarthmore College, October 7, 2007