Sunday, March 12, 2006

Sacrifice Update

The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq now stands at 2,307. We're still losing an average of almost fifteen a week. At this rate, we'll approach 3,000 dead by the end of this year.

How many funerals has President Bush attended at Arlington? How about other senior administration officials? Please post in the comments section if you know the answer.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Smith said...

I know of one funeral neither the President, nor any high ranking government official, attended. It was a funeral at Indiantown Gap National Cemetary on Thursday March 9th. It was for my nephew, an Iraq war veteran from the 4th Infantry honorably discharged some 18 months ago. During his six plus months in the war, he saw a friend and fellow soldier killed while standing next to him. For 18 months he fought the emotional scars the war left. But one week ago, he succumbed to the demons in his head and did to himself what an Iraqi bullet could not.

3/12/2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger SherAn said...

None have been reported in any major news sources. A few congresspeople and senators have attended funerals in other locations (Pat Tillman's funeral is one example), but not at Arlington.

3/12/2006 4:52 PM  
Anonymous TuiMel said...

Jim Smith,
I am so sorry to hear about your nephew. The cruelty of this war of choice seems unspeakable to me. I will from here forward add one more to the number of lives lost in Iraq that I post each week (at the suggestion of TCR some time ago) in the window of my home. Sadly,I'm sure there are scores of others like him whose stories I do not know. Your nephew will represent them in my ongoing - but admittedly inadequate - protest. I'm off to re-do my sign now.

3/12/2006 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who opposed the war and holds Bush responsible for its poor planning and execution, I would like to see him attend some funerals. However, I've read that it's very unusual for a President to attend such funerals; for example, Clinton and Bush 41 did not attend any for Iraq I or Somalia. So it could be an unfair standard. Chime in if I'm wrong about this.

3/14/2006 4:16 PM  
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