100 Americans Dead This Month Alone in Iraq

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100 Americans dead in Iraq this month and there is another day left.
I wonder how many Iraqis are dying each month now. That statistic should be required reporting.
I jogged by and paused at the Vietnam Memorial the other day and could only think what the Iraq War Memorial will look like and how they will list the thousands of Americans who should not have died in this war — and the many tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who probably won’t be remembered in our or even their country.
— Steve Clemons

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25 comments on “100 Americans Dead This Month Alone in Iraq

  1. Sean Plankey says:

    Just curious….
    Now that Obama is president are you still doing the body count thing? My guess would be that since you are a typical left wing liar and hypocrite, you NOW pay no attention at all to those dying overseas. Right on target eh?
    Btw, I’m pleased as punch to see that you and your leftist loser ilk were trounced last week in the mid-term elections. Tell me, why is it that voters always vote against leftists like yourself in massive landslides after they give your nonsense a brief (and dangerous) chance?
    My prediction, Obama is a one termer and will go down in the history books as the biggest failure in US presidential history. 🙂

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  2. herklaas says:

    America went into war with Iraq telling the world a bunch of lies. You voted Bush in for a second term while your friends and families been killed in Iraq.
    The world and the American people voted George W. Bush as the worse American president ever. Blame yourself for what is going on and the killing of 4000 soldiers.

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  3. A chuckling Pissed Off American says:

    Geez, Ketelson, your websight is just a real treasure trove of religious fanatacism. I’ll tell ya buddy, them radical Islamic fanatics got nothin’ on you boy.
    I see you have a little diddy on there where you claim that “Homosexuals don’t want you to say “GOD” in the classroom”. I am a little curious, Ketelson; WHICH homosexual are you referring to, Foley, or Haggard.

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  4. Pissed Off American says:

    By the way, Ketelson….
    I see you have a bunch of Clinton quotes on your websight. How come you aren’t quoting these scumbags that murdered our hero Dustin???
    You could quote Cheney..”The insurgency is in its last throes”.
    You could quote Bush…..”Mission accomplished”.
    You could quote Rumsfeld….”The cost will be about fifty billion”.
    You could quote the scum comprising the neocon camp….
    “The oil will pay the costs”…
    “They will greet us with flowers”….
    Ketelson, if there is any justice left in the United States, we will see those of you that sold us this debacle with lies and fabrications languishing in a federal pententiary for CAUSING the deaths of the heroes like Dustin.
    BTW, Ketelson, are any of YOUR children fighting in Iraq? Cheney’s?? Bush’s???

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  5. Pissed Off American says:

    “Last year I received word that Dustin had given his life while fighting terrorists in Iraq so we won’t have to fight them here in Fairfield.”
    Really??? Care to tell us just who these “terorists” in Iraq are??? Because if you are buying this bullshit you are a damned fool. Your hero died for a lie. His death is no less honorable, considering his intentions and his patriotic sacrifice. Your’re right, he IS a hero.
    The lack of honor symbolized by his death is the lack of honor required by the Bush Administration to feed you, and us, this GOD DAMNED LIE about his death being the result of stopping terrorists from attacking us here. Are you REALLY so ignorant that you can fail to see how VERY LITTLE these lying traitorous bastards have done to actually improve our homeland security? This brave soldier’s forced presence in Iraq, imposed by liars and opportunists within the Bush Administration, has actually made us LESS safe here, and has fostered and nurtured the radical Islamic mindset of Jihad. Your “hero” was murdered by his own Commander in Chief, and you are abetting his death by cultivating the lies that preceded the murder.
    If you think God abides torture, mass murder, deception and war, than you must think this AWOL monster in the Oval Office is a saint.
    Shame on you. Thou shalt not worship false idols.

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  6. Jeff Ketelson says:

    My wife Shirley Ketelson is the manager of a small store in the Solano Mall, since 9/11 she has had 6 young men from her store join the Military service, and I am here to testify that every one of these young men are intelligent, honest, hardworking and valued members of their families and this community.
    In addition to these 6 young men I want to tell you about my hero. His name is Dustin Birch he was a volunteer missionary in my church serving here in Fairfield. He sat at my dinner table and shared with me his vision for a better world. When his mission was over he returned home and joined the Marines. Last year I received word that Dustin had given his life while fighting terrorists in Iraq so we won’t have to fight them here in Fairfield.
    All of these young men are the best of the best. They make me proud to be an American.
    Their will always be a place at my Dinner table, in my heart, and in my prayers for all our brave servicemen.
    Always Faithful,
    Jeff Ketelson

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  7. pauline says:

    A Keith Olbermann youtube on demanding Bush must apologize to our troops.
    http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Video_Olbermann_special_comment_on_White_1102.html

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  8. RonK, Seattle says:

    105 Yanks, 2 Brits, 1 Salvadoran and 1 Dutch … and who knows how many Iraqi combatants and noncombatants.

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  9. joyce says:

    I think it is only proper that Bush be executed for War Crimes. Justice calls for it.

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  10. steve duncan says:

    Here’s what’s going to happen: If the Dems take the House every single problem, misstep, war death, budget snafu, policy failure, crashed airplane and auto safety recall will be their fault starting November 8th. If they also take the Senate the above will become retroactive to, oh, year 1892. Bush will claim if not for divided government he could lead but now with Dems in (partial?) power all is lost. Rove will tee up on the situation and hit a home run in 2008. By then the sheeple, trolls, zombies, wingnuts and evangelicals will be convinced Democrats are Satan’s spawn and let the pogroms begin. Since the above groups make up most of the electorate it’ll be Brownback or Frist or some other whackjob measuring for the drapes.

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  11. just us says:

    Where the hell is the guy who says on these threads that Bush should be hung by the neck until dead, after, of course, a fair trial, that would prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Bush is guilty of crimes against humanity in lying American into an unnecessary, illegal and immoral pre-meditated attack on Iraq that has claimed the lives of 100,000+.
    No doubt, Bush needs to be hung by his neck until dead, after a fair Slam Dunk Nuremburg style trial. No joke.

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  12. ant says:

    Won’t the Iraq war memorial be a giant dark hole?

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  13. pauline says:

    Ray McGovern pens it so rightly, “Bottom line: It seems virtually certain that there will be more violence in “staying the course.” That being the case, it can no longer be a moral decision to say, in effect: Let’s let those kids from the inner cities and the farms stay the course for us; who knows, maybe they’ll be lucky!”
    http://www.antiwar.com/mcgovern/?articleid=9939

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  14. Carroll says:

    I would like to see a privately funded and well advertised website registry where families of dead servicemen could enter their deceased loved one’s name, with some sort of verification process. My bet is that the numbers would be far more than we are being told.
    Posted by Pissed Off American at October 30, 2006 08:49 AM
    >>>>>>>>>>
    A friend of mine, a vet, from Virginia was starting a site called Incoming Tributes…he had just gotten everthing set up to go when he died unexpectedly this past June. However I heard that another friend was going to contact his son and see if he would turn over all the information and tributes Robert had collected so he could get it up and running again. If he does I will post the link here.

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  15. Ayatollah of Rock-n-Rolla says:

    Steve Clemons: That statistic should be required reporting.
    Here’s some more that *should be* required reporting:
    1) The past 30 years of anti-western activity for the Al Dawa party of Maliki and the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (sic!) [hint: Al Dawa executed an American back in the 1980s. There was also a suicider from Al Dawa]
    2) Due to the actions of President George W. Bush, in the last 3 plus years tens of thousands of people in total have been tortured, maimed, burned, beheaded, malnutrioned, shot, stabbed, hanged, raped, sodomized, disemboweled, killed, and so on for the sake of a pro-Hezbollah, pro-Iranian, anti-Western, Shiite fundamentalist republic which is no true friend to the USA.
    3) Due to the actions of President George W. Bush, in the last 3 plus years $400 BILLION has been spent for the sake of a pro-Hezbollah, pro-Iranian, anti-Western Shiite fundamentalist republic which is no true friend to the USA.
    Here’s a question that *should be* asked:
    In direct response to the horrific attacks of 9/11 (i.e. nearly 3000 murders + $10s of billions in damage) President George W. Bush *inadvertently* fathered a burgeoning fundamentalist Islamic republic in Iraq at the cost of tens of thousands of lives and limbs PLUS $400 billion.
    WTF?
    [Keywords: 9/11, Al Qaeda, President George W. Bush, Islamic fundamentalism, Iran, Iraq, torture, Abu Ghraib, Al Dawa, Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution of Iraq, suicider, kitchen sink]

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  16. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    Lt. Ehren Watada was the first officer to refuse to go to Iraq because he felt that this war was illegal and did not want to commit acts which he felt could be war crimes. Since American Servicemen and women are in legal jeopardy of being convicted of war crimes and cannot rely on following orders as a defense, he felt it was best to not participate.
    On September 18, 2006, his father, Robert Watada sent an appeal to the US Senate and House of Representatives, requesting Congressional hearings on the many complex Consitutional issues raised by the Watada case.
    This appeal was sent to Congressional leaders and the Chairmen, Ranking Members and Members of the US Senate and House Committees on Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and International Relations.
    To read the text of this appeal and lend your support to the need for hearings, please go to http://www.ipetitions/petition/watada.
    Thank you for your support and help in getting answers to our questions.

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  17. Carroll says:

    I have nothing to say, it’s been said.
    Except to borrow a word from POA …ASHAMED.
    Everytime another American or Iraqi dies in this pointless, stupid war.

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  18. BMR says:

    Steve,
    I sympathize with what you’re saying. Casualties on this scale are jarring and should be a major wake up call to everyone, regardless of affiliation. Moreover, we all know (if we don’t we should) that the lot of the average Iraqi civilian is something akin to pure hell right now; I doubt there is a single person in that country who doesn’t have a friend or family member killed or maimed by some faction in this conflict. They have to try to pick up the pieces and live the semblance of a normal existence in an grueling, turbulent environment that simply will not allow it and which threatens to get worse with every passing week. Let’s just spend a moment reflecting on the long-term consequences of these years of violence, radicalism, and instability on the younger generation of Iraqis. Which path will they choose, hope or despair? Violence or peace? Radicalism or moderation? Do they really have a choice when everything around them is in flames? What has happened in other places, like Israel and the Occupied Territories? It will be a miracle if Iraq resembles anything like a normal state in 10 years.
    Not to mention what is happening to our own troops day in and day out. That is a whole other tragedy interwoven with this one. Which brings me to my final point: I feel strongly that when we engage in interventions overseas we must do so in a way that leaves the situation demonstrably better off. I never bought Bush’s argument about Iraq posing enough of a threat to justify this action. To anyone–and I mean anyone–familiar with Iraq’s WMD programs in the 1980s and 1990s, the “evidence” provided by the administration in 2002-2003 was laughable. (We are now reading of all the internal dissent posed by professional analysts in a slew of books in the headlines). Take the Blair government’s so-called Iraq Dossier–I read it, and it HAD NOTHING NEW in it. Right there, I knew we were in for it.
    Having said all that, and getting back to the jist of your original post, the casaulties we are suffering in Iraq are indeed high. The real tragedy, however, is that they are occurring as a result of an action that was not warranted. I don’t in any way question the bravery and commitment of our armed forces; they are to be admired for their willingness to put their lives on the line in our name and for the survival of their comrades in arms. But let’s be clear: this is no WWII; our survival was not at stake. And despite the cheap rhetoric we continue to hear, it still isn’t.
    These military deaths might be more palatable (as only deaths in war are) in service of an ideal worthy of their sacrifice. But in the cynical, rigid, and incompetent world of the Bush administration, they are in fact the price of an unnecessary and grossly mismanaged war. And the story of the Iraqi casualties remains the most underreported aspect of this conflict by far.

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  19. JB (not John Bolton) says:

    The fact that any commentator even has to point out the fact that Iraqi casualties are not being reported beside U.S. casualties speaks volumes about the unspeakable moral vacuum the U.S. operates in in Iraq.
    Horrendous as U.S. casualties are, they would pale in comparison with the corresponding figures for Iraqi’s and would therefore seem less important.
    It is critical, therefore, that the Iraqi figures be suppressed.

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  20. Anwar al-Detergent says:

    Golly, wouldn’t it be nice if Defense posted the real and actual numbers of America’s fine boys and girls that have been killed in Iraq? Would America take any notice? Would media even “cover” the reports? Wasn’t Iraq allegedly “Mission Accomplished”? Are our freedoms protected? Is America safe? Why are there still body parts being uncovered at ‘ground zero’? Does “media” cover lying? Has the ‘war on Iran’ started? Will nuclear holocaust be a “televised event” or will it be just another 24 hour news cycle blurb crawling across a CNN monitor? Is Wolf Blitzer really a journalist? Does Laura Bush condone pedophilia? Does Laura Bush have ANY moral values? Is Rush Limbaugh “high” on Viagra?
    100 American soldiers dead in Iraq for the month of October…wow what a surprise!

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  21. Punchy says:

    I’m hearing that Linc Chaffee is strongly advocating for such a Iraqi victim statistic to be publically reported.
    Wait, what’s that? Oh, nevermind. No, apparently he’s not. His party would never let him do such a thing. Nevermind. Carry on.

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  22. john o. says:

    Another stat we’ll never see: The number of people in this country and elsewhere who will die in terrorist events that could have been prevented had we prosecuted an intelligent, real war on terror from the beginning, instead of wasting lives, money, time, and goodwill in Bush’s imperialist misadventure in Iraq.

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  23. Pissed Off American says:

    This is a link to a complete list of Americans who have died since 2003. http://www.usnewslink.com/uscasualties.htm
    Posted by USNewsLink
    Complete??? I seriously doubt it. The list has been compiled by an Administration that has lied to us unrelentingly. How many soldiers have died stateside of their wounds? How many will die because of DU exposure?? Common sense tells me the “list” is far from “complete”.
    I would like to see a privately funded and well advertised website registry where families of dead servicemen could enter their deceased loved one’s name, with some sort of verification process. My bet is that the numbers would be far more than we are being told.

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