Monday, November 26, 2007

It's not worth it

I've been listening to the spin the Republicans are putting on the "success" of the surge in Iraq. Violence is down and life is returning to normal. What will the Democrats do now, the neocons say, if they are proven "wrong" about Iraq?

We have no proof yet that the surge has actually been able to turn the corner in Iraq and bring about whatever it is Bush is defining as success these days, but the big question for me is, So what?

The Iraq war has now lasted longer than World War Two. Think back to the rhetoric of why we invaded and what we supposedly would accomplish in Iraq and compare it to the measures of success the Bush Administration is willing to settle for now.

It's not worth it.

Two new reports about veterans that you should know about: according to USA Today, some 20,000 U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have brain injuries that have gone unreported in the military's official tally of the wounded.

Penny Coleman's blog Flashback says that 50% of reservists and 25% of enlisted personnel are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

It's not worth it.

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