Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Slam Dunk Eh?

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Cost of Violence in Iraq
Number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq: 3,186
[DoD, 3/9/07]
Number of U.S. troops wounded in action in Iraq: 23,924
[DoD, 3/9/07]
Number of wounded in action and unable to return to duty: 10,627
[DoD, 3/9/07]
Number of troops killed so far this month (March): 26
[icasualties.org, 3/9/07]
Number of troops killed in December 2006: 112 – the highest since November 2004
[icasualties.org, 3/9/07]
Percent of U.S. troops killed by Improvised Explosive Devices in December 2006: 72
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of U.S. military helicopters downed in Iraq between January 20, 2007 and February 22, 2007: 8
[DoD, 2/22/07]
Number of insurgents in Iraq in November 2003: 5,000
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of insurgents in Iraq in October 2006: 20,000–30,000 (including militias)
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of civilian casualties in Iraq since U.S.-led invasion: estimates range from 47,500 – 70,100
Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of multi-fatality bombings in May 2004: 9
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of multi-family bombings in February 2007: 54
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Average number of daily attacks by insurgents in July 2003: 16
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Average number of daily attacks by insurgents in November 2006: 185
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Cost of the War to American Taxpayers
Amount appropriated for the Iraq War so far: $379 billion
[House Appropriations Committee]
Approximate amount U.S. currently spending in Iraq per month: $8 billion
[CRS, 9/22/06]
Amount in President Bush’s request for new DOD spending for the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan: $235 billion
(including a FY 2007 supplemental of $93 billion and a FY 2008 supplemental of $142 billion)
[Bush budget]
Strain on the Military
Number of U.S. troops currently in Iraq (approximate): 141,000
[AP, 3/9/07]
Number of additional U.S. combat troops to be sent to Iraq, according to President Bush’s escalation plan:
Number of additional U.S. troops, including both combat and support troops, that may be actually needed
under the President’s escalation plan, according to the Congressional Budget Office: as many as 48,000
[CBO, 2/1/07]
Number of soldiers in the Army that have served more than one tour in Iraq: 170,000
[Christian Science Monitor, 1/9/07]

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Percent of the Army’s available active duty combat brigades that have served at least a 12-month tour in Iraq
or Afghanistan: 100
[Washington Post, 9/14/06]
Number of active duty or reserve brigades in the U.S. considered “combat ready”: 0
[Christian Science Monitor, 9/22/06]
Number of active duty military that have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001: 1,067,971
Number of National Guard and Reservists that have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001:
[DoD, 1/31/07]
Number of National Guard and Reservists deployed more than once since 2001: 84,198
[DoD, 8/31/06]
Percent of troops currently deployed that are in the National Guard and Reserves: 24
[DoD, 1/31/07]
Percent of National Guard combat and special operations battalions mobilized since September 11th: 95
[Foreign Policy Leadership Council, 2/06]
Length of average mobilization for Reserve and National Guard members: 18 months
[Washington Post, 11/5/06]
Percent of National Guard or Reserve units so poorly equipped they are rated “not ready”: 88
[Washington Post,
Amount of essential equipment the Army National Guard has on-hand here at home: 30%
[GAO Testimony, 9/21/06]
Amount Army needs to repair or replace equipment destroyed/deteriorated in Iraq: $66.1 billion
[CBS/AP, 9/25/06]
Amount of time Army needs to catch up on backlog of equipment repairs generated from Iraq war: 3 years
[ABC News, 2/10/07]
Number of Army National Guard companies providing security in Iraq in 2004: 20
[Washington Post, 11/5/06]
Number of Army National Guard companies gearing up to provide security in Iraq in 2007: 50
[Washington Post,
Number of months after U.S. invasion of Iraq that all American soldiers received body armor: 18
Number of advanced Humvee armor kits that the Army is short in Iraq and Afghanistan: more than 4,000
[Washington Post, 2/12/07]
Number of veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars that are homeless: 500-1,000
[Newsweek, 2/24/07]
Reconstruction Problems and Lack of Accountability
Amount Iraqi government says is needed over the next 4 years to rebuild country’s infrastructure: $100 billion
[Reuters, 10/31/06]
Amount of Iraqi reconstruction funds unaccounted for by the Coalition Provisional Authority: $8.8 billion
[Boston Globe, 4/6/06]
Tons of cash shipped to Iraq in December 2003 and June 2004 under the authority of the U.S.-led Coalition
Provisional Authority: 363
[Reuters, 2/12/07]
Percent of Iraqi population with access to clean, potable water in June 2006: 25
[Council on Foreign Relations, 6/22/06]

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Number of hours per day of electricity in Baghdad prior to the war: 16-24
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of hours per day of electricity in Baghdad, February 2007: 5.7
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Oil production – barrels per day – prior to the war: 2.5 million
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Oil production – barrels per day – March 2007: 2.13 million
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Unemployment rate in Iraq (December 2006): estimates range from 25% to 40%
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of planned 136 sanitation and water projects that are set to be completed: 49
[Councilon Foreign Relations, 6/22/06]
Amount the U.S. has allocated to private contractors for reconstruction and rebuilding efforts in Iraq since the
beginning of the war. $50 billion
[60 Minutes, 2/12/06]
Amount of taxpayer dollars squandered by the government in reconstruction contracts according to U.S.
auditors: $10 billion
[CNN, 2/15/07]
Amount of taxpayer money spent by Halliburton that the Defense Contract Audit Agency has deemed either
excessive or insufficiently documented: $1.47 billion
[Boston Globe, 6/28/05]
White House office that helped facilitate a no-bid Iraq reconstruction contract worth $7 billion to Halliburton:
Vice President Cheney
[GAO, June 2004]
Amount Halliburton has received in no-bid, “cost plus” contracts for Iraq reconstruction: more than $17
[House Government Reform Committee, Democratic Staff]
Amount the “virtual pandemic” of corruption costs Iraq each year according to the Special Inspector General
of Iraq Reconstruction: $4 billion
[The Guardian, 12/2/06]
Number of weapons bought by the U.S. intended for Iraqi troops that are now missing: 14,030
[SIGIR, 10/29/06]
Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction
Days since 9/11 attacks that Osama bin Laden has remained free: 2,006
Estimated minimum number of nuclear weapons likely produced by North Korea during the Bush
Administration: 7
[Reuters, 10/26/06]
Percent decrease in funding for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program to contain loose nuclear material
under the President’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget: 10.4
[Center for American Progress, 5/3/06]
Public Opinion
Percent of Americans who are disapprove with the way President Bush is handling the situation in Iraq: 67%
[AP/IPSOS, 3/9/07]
Percent of Americans who support a plan to send more troops to Iraq: 13%
[Gallup/USA Today, 3/6/07]
Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2007

A good friend sent me this. It really shows the immensity of this fiasco we have been conned into and the cost of life and limb to the troops.

Friends, if that isn't the work of evil, I don't know what is.


DEN said...

Insanity prevails at the highest levels.

Big oil does what it pleases cause the neo-fascists said they could.

micki said...

Congressman Jay Inslee will introduce today a resolution calling for impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, according to a statement from his office.

Inslee, a former prosecutor in Selah, has lined up other former prosecutors in Congress to join as co-sponsors. As of this afternoon he had five co-sponsors.

The resolution is brief. It says in full:
Directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary shall investigate fully whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to impeach Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Jay Inslee is a Democratic Congressman from my adjoining district. I wish he was my rep in the House instead of that toady Rick Larsen.

micki said...

the "afternoon" was yesterday...for clarification

micki said...

...and David Corn is yakking about the DC madame. What's with that guy anyway? Is he auditioning for a job at the National Enquirer?

Some days, he hits stride....but I'm beginning to wonder!

micki said...

Please contact your representative in the House and encourage him/her to sign on as a co-sponsor to Jay Inslee's impeachment resolution.

Do it whether he/she is an R, a D, or an I.

Thank you.

carey said...

War. What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing. Say it again.

Our local DJ on Air America, Stacy Taylor, (he's so good) is talking about Blackwater right now.

Which reminds me of a little vignette I'd like to relay. The other day a man called into Randi Rhodes and spoke of his fears of Blackwater and the possibility of their hired protection in a martial law state. He was afraid Blackwater hirees would keep the people out of the White House if we came in to rout the Pres.

Randi attacked him. I was furious. "Consiracy nuts," she yelled. She ripped the poor guy to shreds.

Sorry Randi, you're way off base. His fears are totally natural. That's how bad it is Alan. The paranoia is a normal response.

That's the big thing I don't like about Randi. She goes off the deep end sometimes. Otherwise she does her research well, she arms herself. She just freaks at certain callers. I dislike the frequency of the call-ins on talk radio. Too talky. More meat.

Will do Micki.

carey said...

Boring on the DC Madam, huh? The most important element rising from that fiasco is the visible hypocrisy.

Den and everyone,

I'm going to make a scene about Greg Palast and Armed Madhouse. Regarding your first post here today on Big Oil, Greg has all the goods.

This book is so important. I cannot tell you how much it brings understanding to just what the assholes are "thinking".

I'm not anywhere finished. Reading is a slow go for me right now. My thoughts scatter too quickly.

This book, I insist, is a book you will only put dow to absorb the info. His style is light and perfect.

You will all absolutely love this book, I guarantee. I use the words "must read" with care. This is a "must read."

carey said...

It's in paperback.

Impeachment is the word of the summer Micksters. I'm hearing and reading it all the time.

Micki felt that people don't want to be first up to the plate on impeachment. Micki, explain it like you did for me. She's so eloquent.

carey said...


Please support afterschool programs for kids.


micki said...


Co-sponsors of Jay Inslee's the resolution include Democratic Reps. Xavier Becerra of California, Michael Arcuri of New York, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Dennis Moore of Kansas, Bruce Braley of Iowa and Tom Udall of New Mexico.

micki said...

Carey, thanks but I will leave it at what I said to you.

Later, gator!

micki said...

The most important element rising from that fiasco is the visible hypocrisy.

Yes, but, we already knew about the diseased hypocritical minds of those goons. (I use the word "mind" loosely.)

Perhaps reinforcing that visible hypocrisy will someday result in someting positive? Maybe that's a motivator for David Corn?

Now, I mean it. Later, gator....

micki said...

I just came back for a moment, I meant to post this earlier....

Bush's Turkish Gamble -- Robert Novak

What in hell is going on? If Novakula's story is accurate, things are more insane than we could imagine.

Why would someone leak this to him? If a "liberal" reporter had written this article, there would be an enormous hue and cry of "endangering the troops" blah blah blah. Is this just more BS?

Do bush and his boyfriends want to occupy Turkey for their missile defense misadventure? Seriously. You have to wonder. With them, anything is possible.

Alan said...

He was afraid Blackwater hirees would keep the people out of the White House if we came in to rout the Pres.

Wait. The caller (and you?) thinks the people will storm the White House, and that Blackwater will be there protecting the bush administration? And you think Randi Rhodes goes off the deep end?? yikes!

DEN said...

Micki, from your last post:

"The plan shows that hard experience has not dissuaded President Bush from attempting difficult ventures employing the use of force. On the contrary, two of the most intrepid supporters of the Iraq intervention -- John McCain and Lindsey Graham-- were surprised by Bush during a recent meeting with him. When they shared their impressions with colleagues, they commented on how unconcerned the president seemed."

Translation: Chimp know his cabal is untouchable and is pursueing deadeyes' PNAC plans of world domination without fear of repercussions.

Enjoy the New World Disorder.

PS, Novak is a dick

DEN said...

Murdoch bags Dow!

Stupid fascist!

Gerald said...

DEN, that is why we are called the United States of Evil.

Gerald said...

The Death Mask of War

Gerald said...

Jim Lobe's article -

Withdrawal from Iraq = Second Holocaust?

Again from the fever swamps of ‘The National Review’ comes a particularly apocalyptic scenario from the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), former Republican National Committee communications director, and New York Timesman Clifford May who asks in a recent column for Scripps-Howard: “What happen [sic] if America retreat from Iraq?” The column bears reading if for no other reason to get a sense of the argumentation and leaps of logic that neo-conservatives are resorting to in order to rally support for an indefinite U.S. presence in Iraq, which has been their number one priority for a year now, even surpassing – judging from the amount of space and time they’ve devoted to it — their interest in attacking nuclear and related targets in Iran.

Essentially the argument is the familiar Vietnam-era one of dominos and credibility, notably the inevitable triumph of “Militant Islamists” – including, of course, Sunni Hamas and al Qaeda and Shi’a Hezbollah and Iran, all presumed to be somehow working toward the same end – throughout the region, even including the Gulf states that have historically relied on the U.S. for security. (“[I]n international relations, nothing cools a friendship like defeat.”)

“Over time, the only Muslim-majority states to resist the Islamists will be those that accommodate the Islamists. The Europeans, too will cut their deals,” writes May, who then adds the kicker, which may well become a staple of neo-conservative writers in the coming months:

“Israel will hold on – or die trying. You can’t imagine a second Holocaust within a hundred years? Imagine harder.”

But May is not all doom and gloom, because he also wants to “imagine” an alternative future – namely, that Gen. David Petraeus pulls off a stunning victory. “If Petraeus and his troops are allowed to persists, if they are given the time, resources and support they need, the U.S. military presence in Iraq could be reduced – not eliminated – by this time next year. Iraqi troops would take their place, knowing we will continue to have their backs as they battle our common enemies.”

This latter point has been a leitmotif of the neo-conservatives, most notably Frederick Kagan, Max Boot, and Charles Krauthammer, and their hawkish fellow-travelers for months now, and is certain to be echoed once again by one of its most steadfast champions, The Weekly Standard’ Bill Kristol, who returns this week from his first-ever trip to Iraq. (Now, there’s something to imagine: a man who has been perhaps the most prolific source of advice on Iraq policy since 1997, let alone 2002, has just gone there for the first time!) My guess is that his enthusiasm for Petraeus and the Surge will not have diminished in the least; nor will his willingness to offer more advice, enriched as it now will be, with “on-the-ground” experience.

Moreover, chances are that Kristol may well have an opportunity to report his expert conclusions back to the Decider himself, having re-ingratiated himself with the White House after a series of (rather insulting) columns in which he questioned Bush’s manhood for delaying so long in commuting Scooter Libby’s prison sentence. (Kristol preferred a pardon which may still be forthcoming.) Writing in his weekly media column last week, the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz, the first to report Kristol’s trip to Iraq, reported that Bush had actually read Kristol’s July 15 op-ed in the Post’s Outlook section and recommended it to his staff. The article, entitled “Why Bush Will Be a Winner,” argues that the president’s economic record, his Medicare prescription drug benefit, his two successful Supreme Court nominations,” his having found “his Ulysses S. Grant, or his Creighton Abrams, in Gen. David Petraeus,” could well result in the election of a Republican in ’08. As with May, Kristol argues that Petraeus will make the difference between whether Bush is a successful or failed president. And, imagine, that was before Kristol went to Iraq!

Gerald said...

A Warning to Tony Blair

Gerald said...

From the article, "A Warning to Tony Blair!"

But beyond personal traits, there is a profound ideological chasm between them. To me, they personify the two opposite extremes of contemporary Jewish reality.

Wolfensohn belongs to the humanist, universal, optimistic, world-embracing trend in Judaism, a man of peace and compromise, an heir to the wisdom of generations.

Wolfowitz, at the other end, belongs to the fanatical Judaism that has grown up in the state of Israel and the communities connected with it, a man of overbearing arrogance, hatred, and intoxication of power. He is a radical nationalist, even if it is not quite clear whether it is American or Israeli nationalism, or if he even distinguishes between the two.

Wolfowitz is a standard-bearer of the neocons, most of them Jews, who pushed the U.S. into the Iraqi morass, promote wars all over the Middle East, advise the Israeli prime minister not to give up anything, and are ready to fight to the last Israeli soldier.

DEN said...

Gerald, Death mask of war was rather profound wasn't it?

War is so incredibly stupid and completely senseless.

Gerald said...

I have a lot of respect for Uri Avnery. He is a Jew but one who is willing to be objective.

I am a Catholic and I, too, believe that I am willing to be objective.

I, personally, believe that objectivity is needed in discussing world problems, such as the wars, hatred among people, etc. To be subjective in the assessmant of world problems will resolve nothing and more problems will develop in a never ending cycle toward death and destruction of humanity.

Gerald said...

DEN, war resolves nothing. It creates more problems and not less problems.



Gerald said...

What security mom and soccer mom would choose a nuclear war with Iran just to see the vaporization of a baby's human flesh on the streets of Iran?

Yet, these security moms and soccer moms voted for Bush and his abnormal personality.


Gerald said...

Nazi America suffers from the cardinal sin of PRIDE. Nazi Americans are too proud to admit their mistake in voting for Hitler Bush.

Gerald said...

John Paul II said it best, "We must say NO TO WAR!"

DEN said...

The chimp cabal favors war as the first resort not the last.

They too, like the rest of us will never get off this planet alive.

In their case it will be GOOD RIDDANCE to fascist rubbish.

The merchants of death.

DEN said...

Report on Voter caging @PBS

It helps to have a fast connection.

micki said...

My secret sources (hahaha) tell me that Gonzo is going to keep grinning and lying until the upcoming Congressional recess. Then he is going to decide to spend more time with his family and will resign.

Bush is going to use the recess appointment provision and appoint a new Attorney General to avoid the confirmation process. As you know the Constitution allows this maneuver:

A recess appointment is one of the executive powers enumerated in the Constitution: "The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the end of their next Session" (II, 2, 3).

DEN said...

Think voter caging is bad, read THIS.

Much much worse, seems some crafty repug has found a way to pump up electoral votes in CA.

Evil repugs!

micki said...

Will the new AG be:

Kenneth Starr

Ted Olsen

Arlen Specter

Harriet Miers

DEN said...

Micki, interesting hypothesis and believable also.

David B. Benson said...

Fifty was the comment number of that comment.

A self-reference.

Nothing to do with the number of mistakes micki has made...


David B. Benson said...

The senate passed the Energy Bill with a slipped-in, one sentence provision of government guaranteed loans to construct nuclear power plants, according to today's TNYT.

This is a very bad provision. I hope you'll find a way to make that clear to your representative.

DEN said...

King of the neo-fascists at the corporate media level:

But the scariest thing about Fox and Rupert Murdoch, the thing that renders them all fear and no fun in a time of national crisis, is that they channel for the Bush administration as faithfully as if they were on the White House payroll. Like no substantial media outlet in our history, Fox serves--voluntarily--as the propaganda arm of a controversial, manipulative, image-obsessed government. To watch its war coverage for even a minute (a Fox minute is interminable) was to grind your teeth convulsively at each Orwellian repetition of the Newspeak mantra, "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Naturally I hate to stoop to Nazi analogies, but if Joseph Goebbels had run his own cable channel, it would have been indistinguishable from Fox News.

Article is from June but an interesting read for sure.

micki said...

So, Rummy's going to testify tomorrow.

More follies.

micki said...

Jeez Louise! They all have amnesia, poor memories, little facility for recall!

From Dick Cheney's interview tonight with Larry King:

Q In that regard, The New York Times -- which, as you said, is not your favorite -- reports it was you who dispatched Gonzales and Andy Card to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft's hospital in 2004 to push Ashcroft to certify the President's intelligence-gathering program. Was it you?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I don't recall -- first of all, I haven't seen the story. And I don't recall that I gave instructions to that effect.

Q That would be something you would recall.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I would think so. But certainly I was involved because I was a big advocate of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, and had been responsible and working with General Hayden and George Tenet to get it to the President for approval. By the time this occurred, it had already been approved about 12 times by the Department of Justice. There was nothing new about it.

Q So you didn't send them to get permission.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I don't recall that I was the one who sent them to the hospital.


THE VP: I do recall that I was the one who pulled the trigger. But only after I sobered up.

micki said...

DICK THE DICK SEZ: But certainly I was involved because I was a big advocate of the Terrorist Surveillance Program

Wait just a second! I thought the visit wasn't about TSP.

Gawd! These goons keep trying to confuse the hoi polli.

Works like a charm.

micki said...

Dick the Dick:

I've dispatched so many staff members to meetings in hospital rooms over the years that it is difficult to recall whether I was the one who sent Alfredo and Andy to Attorney General Ashcroft's hospital room.

gerald said...

Is it possible that Slick Dick has sent many staff aides to hospital rooms to check up on the patients that he shot?

Gerald said...


Dear Posters:

I have been thinking of two words in recent days and these words are Petraeus and September. When Petraeus was elevated to his current position, we heard a great deal about his doctorate degree or Ph.D. We also heard how intelligent he is. The spin masters were preparing us for the September Report and when Petraeus says something, we should believe him. Posters, what we did not hear from the pundits is that rankings from Colonel through Generalships are political appointments because these people have played the game well for the Commander-in-Chief and they are promoted. These military personnel have learned how to spin with the rest of the politicians.

But, I am here to discuss degrees and so let me take sometime to share with you the meaning of degrees. A B.S. degree means Bull Shit; a M.S. degree means More Shit; and a Ph.D. degree means that the shit has been Piled higher and Deeper. A person has learned a whole lot about shit. In time, the person will feel so self-important that the person will become full of shit. So, degrees have come to mean that a person has been able to digest a whole lot of shit.

The meaning of degrees and shit reminds me of a poem. “I looked up in the air and I spotted a robin and the robin looked below and he spotted me. Me no worry, me no cry, me glad that GOP elephants don’t fly.”


Gerald said...

Micki, when you mentioned North Cascades Highway, are the highway numbers 101, 90, 2, or ?. Thank you for your help!