"in the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

Posted by on May 2, 2008 in conservative, corporatism, economics, election 2008, extremism, fascism, Iraq war, media, peak oil, politics, propaganda, terrorism | 0 comments

Remember those words above, spoken by George W. Bush, on May 1, 2003.

What does his paid lap dog PR person have to say about the “mission accomplished” debacle?

“President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said `mission accomplished’ for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday. “And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year.”

Ah, yes. The banner was not specific enough. Of course, the preznit still said: “in the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” So, I guess it’s safe to assume that the preznit’s PR dupe is either an idiot or a liar or both.

Well, let’s look at the specific facts and see how accomplished this mission has been. (Courtesy of Iraq Campaign)

The Cost of War Since ‘Mission Accomplished’— May 1, 2003 — April 24, 2008

US TROOPS KILLED IN IRAQ ————————- 139 ————- 4,051
(as of 4/21/08)

US TROOPS WOUNDED IN IRAQ ——————–524 ————- 29,780
(as of 4/15/08)

IRAQI CIVILIANS KILLED IN THE WAR ———– N/A ———— 150,000
(World Health Organization)

RAQI CIVILIANS FORCED FROM THEIR HOMESN/A ——- 4.7 mil
(United Nations)

US TROOPS DEPLOYED IN IRAQ —————– 150,000 —–155,000
(Brookings Institute, Iraq Index)

FOREIGN TROOPS IN
“COALITION OF THE WILLING”
—————— 23,000 —– 9,852
(Brookings Institute, Iraq Index)

TOTAL DIRECT COST —————————– $53 bil —– $525.9 bil
(Brookings Institute, Iraq Index)

IMPACT OF THE WAR
ON THE US ECONOMY
—————————– N/A ——– $1.3 tril
(Congressional Joint Economic Committee Report)

COST OF IRAQ WAR TO THE AVERAGE
AMERICAN FAMILY
——————————– N/A ——– $16,500
(Congressional Joint Economic Committee Report)

AMERICANS WHO APPROVE OF BUSH’S
HANDLING OF THE IRAQ WAR
—————-72% ———— 33%

PRICE OF OIL ————————————–$26 / bbl ——$119 / bbl
(Department of Energy)

Nuff said.

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