Thursday :: Jul 31, 2008

More Troops Dying in Afghanistan than Iraq


by Jeff Dinelli

Warmer weather, higher casualties in Afghanistan. In fact, over the last two months (May and June), more U.S. and NATO troops have died there than in Iraq, often at the hands of enboldened hard-core members of the Taliban.

This blunts President Bu$h's cheery announcement this morning , found on the front page of CNN.com, of the U.S. suffering the lowest monthly casualty numbers in Iraq since early in the war, and his proclamation that starting tomorrow, newly departing troops will serve 12 month tours instead of 15.

"Violence is down to its lowest level since the spring of 2004, and we're now in our third consecutive month with reduced violence levels holding steady," Bush said.
The new tour policy "relieves the burden on our forces, and it will make life easier for our wonderful military families," Bush said during brief remarks at the White House.

I'm sure I'm not the first one to predict troop levels will decrease in Iraq, and swiftly increase in Afghanistan.

If Bu$h had a smidgen of honesty in his body he would have started this briefing with, "Good mornin', y'all want the good news or the bad news first?"

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