September 25, 2004

September 25: Today's Reason to Not Elect George W. Bush

Today's shrill critics of the George W. Bush administration are Matthew Yglesias, Laura Rozen, and Knight-Ridder:

Matthew Yglesias: Why Do They Hate Us?: Possibly because we keep killing them. Via Laura Rozen comes an eye-opening Knight-Ridder story on civilian casualties:

Operations by U.S. and multinational forces and Iraqi police are killing twice as many Iraqis - most of them civilians - as attacks by insurgents, according to statistics compiled by the Iraqi Health Ministry and obtained exclusively by Knight Ridder.

According to the ministry, the interim Iraqi government recorded 3,487 Iraqi deaths in 15 of the country's 18 provinces from April 5 - when the ministry began compiling the data - until Sept. 19. Of those, 328 were women and children. Another 13,720 Iraqis were injured, the ministry said.

Apparently one man's counterinsurgency is another man's dead brother. And guess which side that man's going to fight for? As a hint, let me suggest it's not the side that killed his brother.... [W]e're left once again to ponder the awesomeness of Knight-Ridder and the relative crapitude of the more prestigious competition....

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September 23, 2004

PBS NewsHour

JIM LEHRER: What would you say to somebody in the United States who questions whether or not getting rid of Saddam Hussein was worth the cost of more than a thousand lives now and billions and billions of U.S. dollars?

PRIME MINISTER IYAD ALLAWI: Well, I assure you if Saddam was still there, terrorists will be hitting there again at Washington and New York, as they did in the murderous attack in September; they'll be hitting also on other places in Europe and the Middle East.

Posted by: lise at September 25, 2004 12:32 PM

Iraqis still believe that the death toll incited by Saddam was worse than the death toll and property damage caused by U.S. military action. We really need to stop before they change their minds. The American people are also getting tired of our own death toll.lgl

Posted by: lgl at September 25, 2004 12:49 PM

. . . "if Saddam was still there, terrorists will be hitting there again at Washington and New York, as they did in the murderous attack in September" . . .

So Allawi is as big a liar and obfuscator as Bush. And Blair, and Howard, and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Miller, Chalabi . . . the list of The Scum of the Earth is long.

Posted by: Steve at September 25, 2004 01:04 PM

Seems to me that on his own soil and not so many days ago, Allawi was considerably gloomier about the situation and the US. Maybe THAT's why he was snatched up and brought over here -- for a dose of LSD and several public appearances.

Posted by: Bean at September 25, 2004 01:23 PM

Juan Cole in a post this afternoon mentions "Bush's angry performance at the Cabinet meeting that discussed Fallujah in early April of 2004, where Newsweek says he commanded, 'Heads must roll!' His temper and recklessness in such key moments contrast vividly with the folksy image he projects on the campaign trail. Over 600 Iraqis died, many of them women and children, from aerial bombardments and tank assaults on residential areas that had not previously been directly involved in the insurgency."

I have been thinking the past couple of days about a Dem strategy in which we would do everything to spark off some temper in Bush. That might do the trick.

Posted by: Bean at September 25, 2004 01:54 PM

This post pissed me off, but not only for the usual reasons. Knight-Ridder owns 49% of the Seattle Times, but we will NEVER see this news in the Times. And that is because the Seattle Times is run by an inbred fool.

Posted by: Brenda Helverson at September 25, 2004 03:36 PM

Time to change newspapers.

Posted by: calmo at September 25, 2004 11:12 PM

In Nazi Germany, every battle was a victory and all was well until the Soviets drove into Berlin.

Posted by: Elaine Supkis at September 26, 2004 05:14 AM

Elaine,
Bhagdad Bob and Bhagdad Bush and Nazi News Guys?
Funny how they sound the same.

Posted by: DILBERT DOGBERT at September 26, 2004 08:22 PM