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gee wheez!...as of 11-30-03 USa had 14,000 casualties over Iraq War...

here is reposting of one of Col. (retired) David Hackworth's vitrolic blasts at the Pentiloonies,
and the Bushiloonies...this guy, if you haven't read his stuff before, it fantastic in putting these
joker's in their place...and, if truth be told, is more a real threat to the Pentagon Princes (and
now, Princess's as well!) than Saddammy and his gang o' "freedom fighters" ("freedom" in
the sense of being "free" of American intervention in their national affairs) ever were...as he
KNOWS the truth about these McCorporate-Mercenaries in higher positions, guiding USa as
we're no longer "defending" America, but are "offending" the rest of the world with McThuggery!
If you find this article reasonable, then you're invited to check-out his website for more...
repostings 4 u

-Caveat Lector-


Saddam in the Slammer, so why are we on Orange?
By David H. Hackworth

Almost daily we're told that another American soldier has sacrificed life or
limb in Iraq. For way too many of us - unless we have a white flag with a blue
star in our window - these casualty reports have become as big a yawn as a TV
forecast of the weather in Baghdad.

Even I - and I deal with that beleaguered land seven days a week - was staggered
when a Pentagon source gave me a copy of a Nov. 30 dispatch showing that since
George W. Bush unleashed the dogs of war, our armed forces have taken 14,000
casualties in Iraq - about the number of warriors in a line tank division.

We have the equivalent of five combat divisions plus support for a total of
about 135,000 troops deployed in the Iraqi theater of operations, which means we
've lost the equivalent of a fighting division since March. At least 10 percent
of the total number of Joes and Jills available to the theater commander to
fight or support the occupation effort have been evacuated back to the USA!

Lt. Col. Scott D. Ross of the U.S. military's Transportation Command told me
that as of Dec. 23, his outfit had evacuated 3,255 battle-injured casualties and
18,717 non-battle injuries.

Of the battle casualties, 473 died and 3,255 were wounded by
hostile fire.

Following are the major categories of the non-battle evacuations:

Orthopedic surgery - 3,907

General surgery - 1,995

Internal medicine - 1,291

Psychiatric - 1,167

Neurology - 1,002

Gynecological - 491

Sources say that most of the gynecological evacuations are pregnancy-related,
although the exact figure can't be confirmed - Pentagon pregnancy counts are
kept closer to the vest than the number of nuke warheads in the U.S. arsenal.

Ross cautioned that his total of 21,972 evacuees could be higher than other
reports because "in some cases, the same service member may be counted more than

The Pentagon has never won prizes for the accuracy of its reporting, but I think
it's safe to say that so far somewhere between 14,000 and 22,000 soldiers,
sailors, airmen and Marines have been medically evacuated from Iraq to the USA.

So at the end of this turbulent year, we must ask ourselves: Was the price our
warriors paid in blood worth the outcome? Are we any safer than before our
pre-emptive invasion?

Even though Saddam is in the slammer and the fourth-largest army in the world is
junkyard scrap, Christmas 2003 was resolutely Orange, and 2004 looks like more
of the same. Or worse.

Our first New Year's resolution should be to find out if the stated reasons for
our pre-emptive strike - Iraq's purported weapons of mass destruction and Saddam
's connection with al-Qaeda - constituted a real threat to our national
security. Because, contrary to public opinion, the present administration hasn't
yet made the case that Saddam and his sadists aided and abetted al-Qaeda's
attacks on 9/11. We also need to know why our $30 billion-a-year intelligence
agencies didn't read the tea leaves correctly, as well as what's being done
besides upgrading the color code to prevent other similar strikes.

Congress should get with the program and lift a page from the U.S. Army handbook
on how to learn from a military operation. When an Army-training or
actual-combat op is concluded, all the key players assemble for an honest,
no-holds-barred critique of everything that's gone down - the good, the bad and
the ugly. Some of the participants might walk away black and blue, but everyone
learns from the mistakes.

Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and retired Gen. Tommy Franks should be required
to report to a congressional committee convened to investigate both the invasion
and the planning - or lack of planning - for the occupation of Iraq. This
committee must operate without the political skullduggery that occurred during
the numerous investigations into the Pearl Harbor catastrophe - when high-level
malfeasance that cost thousands of lives and put America's national security in
extreme jeopardy was repeatedly covered up for more than 50 years.

Our Iraqi casualties deserve nothing less than the unvarnished truth. Only then
will their sacrifices not have been in vain. And only then can we all move on
with the enlightenment we need to protect and preserve our precious country's

The address of David Hackworth's home page is Hackworth.com. Sign in for the
free weekly Defending America column at his Web site. Send mail to P.O. Box
11179, Greenwich, CT 06831. His newest book is "Steel My Soldiers' Hearts."

2003 David H. Hackworth.