Monday, November 05, 2007

Finding the Dark Cloud in the Silver Lining

The Associated Press ran this story. The Detroit Free Press dutifully picked it up, but due to space limitations only ran a portion of it under the headline, " '07 may be U.S. troops' deadliest".
With less than two months left in the year, 2007 is on course to be the deadliest year on record for U.S. forces in Iraq, despite a recent sharp drop in U.S. deaths.

At least 847 U.S. military personnel have died in Iraq so far this year -- the second-highest annual death toll since the war began in March 2003, according to Associated Press figures.

In 2004, the bloodiest year of the war for the United States so far, 850 American troops died.

Most were killed in large, conventional battles like the campaign in Fallujah against Sunni militants in November, and U.S. clashes with Shi'ite militiamen in Najaf in August.

But the U.S. military in Iraq has increased its exposure this year, reaching 165,000 troops -- the highest levels yet.

Moreover, the military's decision to send soldiers out of large bases and into Iraqi communities means more troops have seen more "contact with enemy forces" than ever before, said Maj. Winfield Danielson, a U.S. military spokesman.
This is another demonstration that no matter how well things go in Iraq, those dedicated supporters of our troops will find a way to turn it into a negative. When Iraq is pacified and rebuilt, when our troops have been allowed to finish their job, the MSM and assorted Democrats will either find a way to spin that into a negative or try to take credit for it. You really have to wonder at this point how low they can go and how lame they can be.

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At 11:23 AM, Blogger jennifer said...

Harry, they can go lower, be more lame, and of course continue to hate America...

Just reading the way they present themselves!

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Rancher said...

IIRC casualties increased greatly the closer we got to Japan. The surge was more than an increase in troops it was a surge of combat operations so of course casualties also surged.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

They have an amazing ability to do that.


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