Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Mission Accomplished

On this, the fourth anniversary of the White House declaring "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, Mr. Bush is going to invade Americans' TV screens tonight to say that he's going to veto the appropriations bill and, presumably, try to convince us that we should let him continue to prosecute this silly war without any plan for leaving. Sigh.

Seriously, Mr. Bush, when the expected benefit does not exceed the expected costs, you should stop. Sadly, I know this won't stop you (because the same statement with respect to Iraq was true in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and it will still be true in 2008, ...).

If you are interested in understanding what this fiasco has cost on a smaller (perhaps easier to digest scale), head here to see the costs of the war broken down by state.

For my Oregonian readers, here are the numbers for Oregon:
And if that isn't enough -- this news account of corpses being held for ransom is among the most disturbing things I've ever read. Kudos Mr. Bush. Kudos.

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