Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Two Can Play That Game

Any links between Iraq, Saddam Hussein and the September 11th attacks were disproven years ago. Yet, George Bush and various members of his administration refuse to stop linking 9/11 with the war on terror.

So, fine. War in Iraq and September 11th are inextricably linked. Maybe not then, but they are now, through the miracle of propaganda. I'll go along with that.

The press tends to focus on American military deaths when there's a particularly costly day, when a local citizen is killed or when the number of deaths reaches a nice, round number.

Right now, we stand at 2,611 American men and women who have died as a result of the war and subsequent occupation in Iraq.

And yet, despite strong disapproval of the war from the public as well as increasing calls for withdrawal from Congress, the President is pledging to "stay the course."

So, what's the next big, round number? 3000. But there's a much more important number, just before that. 2,996.

When U.S. military casualties reach the number of deaths on 9/11, will he continue to insist on using 9/11 as a justification for the Iraq war. Will he finally be held accountable for repeatedly employing this lie, when the ends cost more than the justification?

After all, who were the victims on September 11th? Average Americans of all stripes going about their jobs. And who are the soldiers in Iraq? Maybe a little more demographically predictable, but still average Americans from all backgrounds doing their jobs.

When their deaths number 2,996, as they certainly will if Bush refuses to withdraw during his administration, will there be any accountability? Will they even change the talking points, or will it just be business as usual?

1 Comments:

Blogger Waldo Jaquith said...

How odd. Just today I looked up the same numbers, too, curious about how close we're getting to the nexus of those two figures, applying the same logic that if we're going to conflate Iraq and 9/11, fine, let's do that.

8/22/2006 6:42 PM  

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