Everybody Knows

January 10, 2007

Sword of DamoclesTonight, the small man behind the curtain reveals his plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq — despite resounding Republican defeats in the November midterm elections when Americans sent a clear message expressing disapproval of the Iraq war and despite both the military brass and the Iraq Study Group recommending against this escalation.

Total American fatalities in the ironically named Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom offensives now number 3,347, with an additional 22,000 troops wounded and estimates of Iraqi civilian deaths since 2003 ranging from a low of 50,000 (Iraq Body Count) to 100,000 to 150,000 civilian deaths estimated by Iraq’s Health Minister in November 2006, to a high of 655,000 (Lancet magazine). On Christmas Day, the number of Americans killed in Iraq surpassed the number who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That’s a lot of dead people.

President Bush will also announce a plan to send at least another billion dollars to Iraq to create jobs and aid in reconstruction efforts. Think what the billions we’ve spent in Iraq could have done at home to secure our ports and borders, to help Hurricane Katrina victims and to provide health care to Americans.

“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died.”

— Leonard Cohen

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