whelp...I don't think Bush can read...much less read graphs- I mean that would be math and reading at the same time- that would be expecting too much...give this Rove and Comp and they would find some way to paint it gold and call it good...( have post up about Iraqit numbers too- it ain't pretty...)
okay I know that I am being a Compulsive Statistical Diva on this....BUT....Here's the thing I am pretty sure more civilians have died ALREADY in Iraq than ever died in Vietnam....more than 655,000....maybe even 900,000...(see my post about the Lancet study..)( I am now looking for Vietnam Civilian studies...)
I'm VERY interested in what Enigma comes up with Versus what I & I'm sure Dada recall from the news of the day. The published numbers will be skewed due to our govt not wanting to show so many civies killed. Simple solution: count all villagers as enemy (hell, they were all VC sympathizers anyway, was the mantra at the time). So just like Iraq, we will probably never know for sure. For Vietnam, I recently read: 700K enemy soldiers, 250K RVN, 300K civilians. This doesn't even count Cambodians or Laotians or Thai. As bad as those numbers are, you know they've been whitewashed for our consumption. We blew the hell out of that country with little or no regard for civilian life. However, given the sectarian nature of the middle-east, it may be more valid to compare what we're doing in Iraq today to The Khmer purge of 2 Million (not yet, but give bush his big push & 2 more yrs & OMG the oil fields will be pumping blood). Please tell me I'm wrong.To make it another Khmer Purge, all that needs to happen is for us to pick one sect over another. Bush would like to pick Sunni because he hates Iran (Shi'a) and is in bed with the Saudi's (Sunni), but his conundrum is the irritating fact that Al Qaeda is Sunni. ~~ D.K.
oh shit I forgot the Laotians and the Thai..damnit..well, atleast I forgot- I was younger during vietnam- a nubile hippy- I couldn't know everything. ( If my grandfather had not left USNEWs & WORLD REPORT I would know nothing..)okay so I will try getting the numbers different ways..wish me luck.. ( Oh Dk I meant to tell you the notes from Cspan Lancet Hearing are on Watergate Summer...scroll back to monday)...Now back to Buscho Regime of Oil and Death...I don't know what is going to happen, but I think the Draft is sitting on the January Horizon- he is not going to give up his Iraq Wet Dream and we just don't know enough about Gates...but we do know that Gates didn't get asked about Iran Contra and that is enough to make me nervous and that he is from the NW...and that he is CIA...yup , my trust is in the Toilet....Anyways I hope that people keep bringing up Vietnam- it makes Bush VERY uncomfortable...very...I mean seeing Him over at the pentagon talking abut the "smart people"??!??!?!??!?!?!??! holy crap I am going to be scraping vomit out of my toes for days- what a FuckingLyingIgnoramusScumsuckingAsswipe !?!?!?!??!?!??!I am going to stop....for now...before my head explodes or spews all over...it would just be too much of a mess to clean up on a Friday night...
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