Saturday, December 30, 2006

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.

Too cynical?


Blogger Daniel DiRito said...

To view a cynical and satirical visual of George Bush playing a round of "Hangman" here:

12/30/2006 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot on, I'd say.

12/30/2006 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

I'm sure there's such a thing as 'frontier justice' in Anbar province as well. I fear that our troops haven't seen its full fury yet.

12/30/2006 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, your readers aren't idiots. It's not possible to be "too cynical" with the Cheney administration. Enough with the trick questions, already!
-- sglover

12/30/2006 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was wondering why it was done so suddenly... thought the execution was just calculated to spark more violence and suffering among the 'i-fascists'...thanks realist and happy new year...

12/30/2006 7:06 PM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...

KevinNYC, It's really impossible to be too cyncial with this bunch. Considering we now know that on Sept 12, the president, the secretary of defense and assistant secretary of defense tried to argue to invade Iraq because of the Al Qaeda attack.

I didn't think of the 3,000 dead number, but I did think why on a Friday so soon, then I realized that Americans would be going to parties with friends on loved ones on Sunday and this would be the number one topic of conversation rather than what a disaster Iraq has become. Nice catch the 3K number

12/30/2006 11:17 PM  
Anonymous R$B said...

I made almost the same point my own blog the day before, I knew there was a reason why I liked your blog, Cynical? Nah! Maybe just too true by half.

12/30/2006 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too cynical? Not cynical enough.

There is no political opportunity that this gang won't exploit.

We're approaching 3k dead and all of a sudden, it's time for Saddam to die.

What will they come up with for the 4k event? That's the question of the day.

12/31/2006 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Mayo said...

It's fortunate that President Ford made his opinion of the Iraq War known before his death. As we were all spared watching the Bushies insinuate some new "stay the course policy" into his funeral eulogy.

12/31/2006 9:46 AM  
Blogger OrganicGeorge said...

You can never be to cynical with this administration.

The threat level was raised to coincide with the end of the holiday travel season, just as the toiletries threat was raised at the beginning of the summer travel season.

12/31/2006 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

indeed, not cynical enough.

12/31/2006 1:04 PM  
Blogger Leila said...

I was googling around for something else about the casualties, and discovered that Juan Cole said back in 2003 that the Bush Administration plans to keep American troops in Iraq until 2010. We are better than half way there now. At the time it seemed insane. At the time, when people said we'd be in Iraq for years, everyone said no, no, no way.

Thanks for the explanation - it may be cynical but it makes sense. It's America's own damn fault if we keep falling for the distractions.

12/31/2006 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Americans were fools - they loved what they thought was going to be a short and victorious war. They only needed to look at Bosnia to estimate the length of time that their troops had to stay.

1/01/2007 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Not cynical at all. Not enough so, if anything.

And of course, shifting people's attention away from american troop casualities to Sadam's execution is so important that the backlash of violent activities by Sadam's supporters (e.g. the very recent planted bomb incident) is relatively insignificant.


1/02/2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger DED said...

Too cynical?

Not at all. You've got this admin all figured out.

1/03/2007 6:44 PM  
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