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I have been a long-time member of the “Democratic Underground”. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, I constructed a “tagline” (a “signature” quote or saying) to be placed at the end of all my posts, summing up the disastrous record of Bush Administration in just a few lines:

!!! 8600+ Americans DEAD !!!
(3,000 on 9/11. 4,000 in Iraq. 1,600 in Katrina.)
National debt: $9.19 Trillion and counting.
$3.00 gas; $100 oil.
Osama bin Laden still on the loose.


* MISSION ACCOMPLISHED *

 
 
When I first created this tagline, the deathtoll was “6500+“, and I updated it with every grim 500 “milestone”, relying on the “Iraq Coalition Casualty Count” website icasualties.org for the official count. And with the latest “4,000” figure, I updated it to reflect the new figure.

So here I am, looking at this unfathomable and nauseating number, when a thought occurred to me: Everyone is talking about the 4,000th soldier, but is that just Iraq? What about “that other war”… Afghanistan… which is now in it’s seventh year with no end in sight?

So I checked and in fact, Afghanistan is NOT included in that count. Another 490 American soldiers have given their lives in that other incompetently run war. I realized that my tagline had been woefully understating the true disaster that is the Presidency of George W. Bush:

!!! 9100+ Americans DEAD !!!
(3,000 on 9/11. 4,000 in Iraq. 500 in Afgh, 1,600 in Katrina.)
National debt: $9.19 Trillion and counting.
$3.00 gas; $100 oil.
Osama bin Laden still on the loose.


* MISSION ACCOMPLISHED *

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