Gone, But Still Useful....
When I read the reports on Friday about Saddam's imminent execution, coincidentally I looked at this page -- and realized both the reason for the sudden frenzy and that there would be no last-minute delay. As of Friday night, our number of KIA's in Iraq was 2,995. Just before Bush details his new war plan, did you think the 3,000 level would pass without a distraction or something to blame it on if at all possible? Cue Tony Snow next week, responding to the first, second, and third questions about 3,000 dead troops: "Yes, we anticipated a short-term rise in violence associated with Saddam's execution as the enemy tries to break our will." As we pass 4,000 KIA's about a year from now, the "one-year anniversary" of Saddam's execution will be available if needed, of course. And so on.