Iraq Coalition

Happy New Year junior, the 3000th soldier died before the ball dropped.

Mr. President,

More Americans have died this month, about 110, than in any month since November 2004. Ironically it was a boy from your home state, Spc. Dustin R. Donica, 22, of Spring, who was killed Thursday by small arms fire in Baghdad, who became your 3000th American death. The Defense Department said Sunday, making him the 3000th to die.

To mark or mourn this grim milestone, here is an
E&P summary, based on official sources and the Iraq Coaliton Casualty Count web site, of the death tally so far.

The U.S. deaths since Bush said "Bring them on": 2,793
Coalition deaths since first January 2005 Iraqi election: 1,653
Total wounded: over 22,000
Wounded this year: over 5,600
Estimate of Iraqi deaths since killing of Zarqawi in June 2006: 13,588
The total Iraqi deaths since invasion: 100,000 to 600,000.

This new year week also marks the death of two of Rummy’s one-time allies, President Ford and Saddam Hussein.

Bob Woodward recently
provided us with Ford’s serious misgivings on what you and his proteges have done in Iraq. In July 2004 President Ford told Woodward, that he "very strongly" disagreed” withyour justifications for invading Iraq and said he would have pushed alternatives, such as sanctions, much more vigorously and that the Iraq war was not justified.

Ironically, it was President Ford who unwittingly boosted the careers of people who initiated the terrible chain of events we face in Iraq today.

Back in 1975, President Ford promoted Donald Rumsfield from Chief of Staff to be the Secretary of Defense. He filled the vacant Chief of Staff position with Rummy’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dick Cheney. Together Rummy and “Dead-eye Dick” would become Bush’s “Terrible Twins of Terror.”


On December 19-20, 1983 President Ronald Reagan dispatched Rumsfield, who by then became his Middle East envoy to Baghdad, with a message that Washington was willing to resume diplomatic relations.

Rumsfeld purchased hardware from American firms, with backing from the White House to sell to Iraq. The buying frenzy began immediately after Iraq was removed from the list of alleged sponsors of terrorism in 1982. According to a February 13, 1991 Los Angeles Times article: The first thing Saddam received was 45 Bell 214ST helicopters worth some $200 million.

When you invaded Iraq accusing him of having weapons of mass destruction, the joke in Washington was, “We know Saddam has WMD we still have the receipts.”

Later on when Rumsfield wanted the 1988 presidential nomination he listed one of his accomplishments as
helping to “reopen U.S. relations with Iraq.” without mentioning that this happened when, Iraq was using chemical weapons.

Rumsfeld later told The New York Times. “It struck us as useful to have a relationship, given that we were interested in solving the Mideast problems.”
Rummy was not a trusted figure back then either so he
gave up his bid for president on April 1987 and formally endorsed Sen. Robert J. Dole

People have fanaticized about going back in time to change things for the better; if only Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Ming, Pol Pot, Pinochet, Hitler, Saddam Heussein, and other tyrants could have been eliminated, the world would be a better place today.

One can only wonder what would have happened if Gerald Ford only knew about the thousands of lives destroyed and the significantly increased terror threat to millions of others that his Terrible Twins would bring to the world?

I was struck by Cheney's
speech at Gerald Ford's state funeral. He hailed Ford's decision to pardon Nixon and help the nation heal after Nixon's terrible presidency. Is he setting himself up to be pardoned if he is impeached?

p.s. Perhaps that tornado that made you run for your armored limousine on the same day Saddam was hung is an omen that Allah is sending you a message?. Nah! It just points to the other disaster you will be remembered for; your purposeful activities to modify scientific reports which repudiated global warming.

January 1, 2007 3:49:32 AM CST

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