21,500 More Troops to Iraq

It all makes me wonder how big a war memorial Bush wants to have built someday when all this Iraq stuff is over. It saddens the hell out of me.

8 Comments so far

  1. bignoseduglyguy (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 3:46 am

    Here, on the other side of the Pacific, I listened to the drivel trotted out to support this and shook my head. My take on a peculiarity of the casualty situation is at:

  2. Dave (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 7:18 am

    Don’t be sad, you are free!

  3. David (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 9:01 am

    If Bush keeps up his “driving with blinders on” mentality, we may need the entire west side of The Mall for the memorial.

    People say that Steve Jobs emits a reality distortion field when he unveils new products and ideas to the Apple faithful. Bush is affected by his own field, blindly ignoring the will of the people who (supposedly) elected him to the post. Ignoring the public (and honestly, did he learn ANYTHING from the results of the elections) will only doom his name along those US leaders who failed at their jobs while surrounded by an aire of change and desire to try something else.

  4. xian (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    Bush did learn something from the elections. That’s why it’s only 21,500!

  5. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Xian, I think you are right. I can imagine him sending lots more if he could.

    On a separate note, I ran into Tom Bridge this morning and he said that we should try to keep the postings more local than this one. So here is my addition to make it local: Just imagine all the money a huge memorial being built will bring to the region!

  6. Jill Foster (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

    Hey Carl – I do agree the recent elections influenced Bush’s self control with number of troops. And possibly your post could launch a submission contest for memorial ideas (or rather that could be a follow-up entry). That too would advance Mr. Bridge’s cause of keeping Metblog material local…

  7. Tom (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 4:59 am

    Do any of you actually know anyone who is in the military and been to Iraq?

    Ask them how they feel about it.

    Also ask them if what you see on TV bears any resemblance to what is actually going on.

  8. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    Tom has a good point here. I have known folks who were in forward areas during the heat of different situations and their feelings often differed from mine at the time of conflict. However, having worked at a homeless shelter for veterans, I can say that almost all of the veterans I met (not all homeless or even impoverished) have been against this thing from the beginning because they knew the realities of war.

    However, I do not know anyone who has been over there for this war.

    Tom’s point about TV coverage is good too. We only see the bombs going off and gunfire being exchanged and hear stories of atrocities on both sides. We don’t see soldiers sitting around bored or having fun. My understanding is that there is a lot of “down time” between epidoes of extreme violence. We don’t see a lot of the humanitarian work going on there. Granted, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, but US and British forces are giving some help there.

    At this point, it’s like trying to fish the peanuts out of a pile of shit. Nobody wants to touch it but everybody needs to eat. The good parts stink but not as much as the bad.

    Increasing troop levels is bad. Decreasing troop levels is bad. Staying is bad but so is leaving. Somehow we have to figure out what’s the peanut and what’s the shit and hope we ate the right one.

    One thing is for sure – we got into this mess because of lies. That doesn’t mean we should just up and leave at this point but we need to figure out how to leave in a way that makes sense. When you burn down your neighbor’s house and ruin the yard, you at least want to leave him with a sack of grass seed.

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