2,000th dead soldier wins free autopsy, personalized marble
eyes of all political persuasions have been trained on Iraq,
waiting for the 2,000th soldier to buy the farm. Republicans
have waited with nervous anticipation of having to downplay
the massacre, again, while Democrats have been like kids
waiting for Santa Claus, eager to throw it in the faces
of the hawks. Well, it finally happened. But no sense resting
on our laurels – onward to 3k!
Staff Sgt. George Alexander Jr. died in a Texas hospital
of wounds received in Iraq. Not much was immediately known
about Alexander, except that he skillfully beat out 1,999
other contestants to reach the magic number.
what’s in a number? Not much, according to Army spokesweasel
Lt. Col. Steven A. Boylen, who weenied out of confronting
feedback by dispatching an e-mail announcing Boylen’s death
to the media. Boylen referred to 2,000 as “an artificial
mark on the wall set by individuals with specific agendas
and ulterior motives.” No, Steve, it’s a real mark. In fact,
it’s two thirds of the number of people killed on September
11, 2001, and we sure were pissed about that, weren’t we?
As far as the ulterior motives, he’s probably right: most
people paying attention to the body count have the ulterior
motive of stopping the damn war.
his part, President Bush acknowledged the milestone in typical
braindead fashion, saying “[T]he best way to honor the sacrifice
of our fallen troops is to complete the mission and lay
the foundation for peace by spreading freedom.” He presumably
then retired to the Oval Office where Karl Rove helped him
realize that Sgt. George Alexander was not the chubby doofus
the topic of sacrifice, few understand the word more than
the families of military personnel. You might think Bush
would be a little more sensitive to these families as the
war gets darker, but no. In a speech before a gathering
of military spouses at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington,
D.C., Bush said “This war will require more sacrifice...No
one should underestimate the difficulties ahead.” Yes, difficulties
ahead like rebuilding, ethnic and tribal fighting, a lack
of precedent for democracy in the Middle East, lack of an
exit strategy, loss of international respect, things like
that. If only he’d heard his own speech three years ago.
one almost feels pity for the man, who really seems to believe
the crap dripping from his lips every day. He recently referred
to Iraq as the central front in the global war on terrorism.
At one time, when he’d say things like that, he’d give a
little wink and draw up his crooked little smile and it
sounded like he was trying to brainwash the public. Now
it sounds like he really believes it’s true, as if car bombs
were going off all the time before the invasion, that we
weren’t the ones who destroyed the infrastructure as we
rolled into Dodge. And though he speaks well of the dead
(well, the American dead...are there any other kind?), he
seems to forget the maimed. Over 14,000 soldiers have been
injured, and an estimated 7,000 are now permanently disabled.
2,000th death comes at a rough time for the White House,
what with the CIA leak investigation, the Libby indictment
and resignation, disastrously low approval ratings and a
bipartisan backlash over his nomination of Harriet Miers
for the Supreme Court, which sent her running to the hills.
Yes, a bad, bad week indeed, for our president. Horrible.
Miserable, dark, god-awful week. Almost as bad as the week
had by Staff Sgt. George Alexander Jr.’s family and the
families of the 1,999 kids that died for a lie before him.