August 25, 2005


Some Thoughts on Casualties in Times of War and Peace

The media's breathless tabulation of casualties in Iraq--now, over 1,800 deaths--is generally devoid of context. Here's some context: between 1983 and 1996, 18,006 American military personnel died accidentally in the service of their country. That death rate of 1,286 per year exceeds the rate of combat deaths in Iraq by a ratio of nearly two to one.

The Grunts...and The Press...

The Grunts aren't Rhodes Scholars, but they have seen the press show its ass. Their jobs have been made harder because some idiot with a typewriter decided that his right to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater overrode the simple human decency of restraint.

Col. Thomas Spoehr is annoyed

Spoehr is the director of materiel on the Army staff. He had a good news story to tell [reporter Michael] Moss, which Moss converted into a bad news story.

Most of these links are taken from or found via Conservative Grapevine. You really should check it out every day; John Hawkins consistently finds gems on blogs I've never even heard of.

Posted by Sarah at August 25, 2005 08:35 AM | TrackBack

re:some thoughts on casaulties in times of war and peace.if you use that logic towards drunk driving of which i've been convicted of twice we're making big time progress in iraq right?i mean there were twice as many alcohol related fatalies 20 years ago in the states as there is now american society is doing a bang up job preventing these crimes from occuring right.this war in iraq sucks period.when you sadists like moqtada al sadr GAINING politcal power things really aren't going that well.

Posted by: tommy at August 25, 2005 02:16 PM

I kind of enjoy watching the desperation creep into them as we all see the disaster in Iraq slowly unfolding. It was their idea to do this stupid unjustifiable invasion, we told them it was wrong and would not go well, then they did it anyway, and somehow managed to screw it up worse than we expected. But if anyone now dares to point out any of those facts out it's treason. No, a sudden wonderful change of events is always just around the corner in Iraq, just like it has been a "cake-walk", just like they would greet us with rose petals and candies, just like we needed 60,000 troops TOPS, and would be out within six months.

Their position seems to follow thus, "Never mind what you see, only pay attantion to us. It's really a happy-fun-place. Seriously. NO, REALLY! A HAPPY FUN PLACE!!"

Posted by: me at August 25, 2005 05:13 PM

so i guess "me" enjoys watching Iraqi kids getting blown up to pieces just so that he/she can say: "we told them so!" How pathetic.

Posted by: fuzz at August 25, 2005 07:45 PM

Yeah fuzz,

While I said that I was amused at your desperation, you somehow took that to mean that what I really meant was that I loved to seet the needless murder of innocents. You see, by criticizing you for your support of a policy that has murdered innocents, I am actually somehow guilty of delighting in seeing the awful results of the thing I opposed and criticized.

Amusingly, your chopping my words to mean essentially their opposite smells of desperation.

Posted by: me at August 25, 2005 10:15 PM

Actually, "me", I'd be more amused at your attempts in seeing desperation, where there was none, if you didn't say that you enjoy seeing a disaster unfold. To me that's just disgusting.

Posted by: fuzz at August 25, 2005 11:09 PM

I am always horrified to see a disaster unfold, but equally am happy to see those who are either behind the disaster, or supported the conditions that created it suffer.

You who supported the war are guilty of supporting a terrible crime - the unjustified invasion of a soverign nation, and while I don't really expect to see true justice in this world, I am pleased at whatever shadows of justice I might see fall. So seeing you (and by 'you' I mean the collective borg-conservative-hive-mind, not just you personally, fuzz) twisting about in illogical contortions is an amusement I get to enjoy.

It admit that it really is kind of sad, but your lot is far sadder. I actually have a lot of pity for you, and would encourage you to repent.

Posted by: me at August 25, 2005 11:40 PM

me frantically threw out:
I kind of enjoy watching the desperation creep into them as we all see the disaster in Iraq slowly unfolding.

Uh huh... sort of like the desperation apparent in those who seem to feel some need to go into the comment sections of blogs with viewpoints they disagree with and frantically shout "DOOOOOM!!" at the top of their lungs?

Something tells me the "desperation" you see is merely your own, projected upon those you dislike.

Posted by: Patrick Chester at August 26, 2005 04:47 AM

Not desperation, just me doing what I can to help. I am actually concerned about you guys, you know, so I do what I can to assist you. As someone who loves justice more than anything, and knows that justice will not appear until prudence reigns, I think of it as a sort of duty to try to assist you in looking at things more prudently. I admit that I am not great at it, but, you know, practice makes perfect.

Posted by: me at August 26, 2005 05:46 AM