Grim Figures for Veterans Day
Usually, there is nothing more powerful than a personal story to pound home the cost of eight years of war overseas, but I think today there is something even more disturbing to bear.Latest reports are that Obama wants to send up to 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
It’s the number 89,457.
As of Nov. 9, that’s how many American casualties there were in Iraq and Afghanistan since Oct. 7, 2001, when the Afghan war officially began. That includes a tire-screeching 75,134 dead, wounded-in-action, and medically evacuated due to illness, disease, or injury in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and 14,323 and counting in Afghanistan, or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
I'm afraid that I think this madness will only end when the US, and much of the world, is reduced to a smoking, charred, radioactive wasteland.