The Accomplisher

May 1st, 2008at 09:30pm Posted by Eli

Is it possible to be so wrong that you end up in a different dimension altogether?  I give you… Richard Perle, 5/2/03:

From start to finish, President Bush has led the United States and its coalition partners to the most important military victory since World War II. And like the allied victory over the axis powers, the liberation of Iraq is more than the end of a brutal dictatorship: It is the foundation for a decent, humane government that will represent all the people of Iraq.

This was a war worth fighting. It ended quickly with few civilian casualties and with little damage to Iraq’s cities, towns or infrastructure. It ended without the Arab world rising up against us, as the war’s critics feared, without the quagmire they predicted, without the heavy losses in house-to-house fighting they warned us to expect. It was conducted with immense skill and selfless courage by men and women who will remain until Iraqis are safe, and who will return home as heroes.

In full retreat, the war’s opponents have now taken up new defensive positions: “Yes, it was a military victory, but you haven’t found Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.” Or, “Yes, we destroyed Saddam’s regime, but now other dictators will try even harder to develop weapons of mass destruction to make sure they will not fall to some future American preemptive strike.”

We will find Saddam’s well-hidden chemical and biological weapons programs, but only when people who know come forward and tell us where to look. While Saddam was in power, even a hint about his concealment and deception was a death sentence, often by unimaginable torture against whole families. Saddam had four years to hide things. We have had a few weeks to find them. Patience — and some help from free Iraqis — will be rewarded.

(…)

Iraqis are freer today and we are safer. Relax and enjoy it.

(Not that Perle was at all unique in his delusions…)

Let’s take stock, shall we?

Costs of the war in Iraq

As of
May 1, 2003

Today

U.S. troops killed (Department of Defense, 4/30/08)

139

4,058

U.S. troops wounded (Department of Defense, 4/30/08)

545

29,911

U.S. troops in Iraq (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 4/24/08)

150,000

155,000

Cost of the war to U.S. taxpayers (Associated Press, 4/13/03; CRS, 4/11/08)

$79 billion

$526 billion

Americans who believe the Iraq war was “worth fighting” (Washington Post-ABC Poll)

70 percent

34 percent

Estimated number of Iraqi civilians killed (Christian Science Monitor, 5/22/03; Iraq Body Count, 4/30/08)

5,000 – 10,000

83,221 – 90,782

Number of Iraqis who have fled their homes (UNHCR)

N/A

4.7 million

Number of Iraqi security forces (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 4/24/08)

7,000-9,000

444,502

Iraqi prison population (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 4/24/08)

10,000

43,000

Number of daily attacks by insurgents and militias in Iraq(Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 10/1/07; 4/24/08)

N/A

54.7

Number of multiple fatality bombings in Iraq (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 4/24/08)

0

1,714

Number of suicide attacks in Iraq (Washington Post, 4/18/08)

0

920

Number of suicide attacks in Afghanistan (The Century Foundation, 6/10/05; U.N. 9/1/07; 3/6/08)

1

> 300

Number of terrorist safe havens for al Qaeda’s central leadership on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan (National Intelligence Estimate, July 2007)

0

1

Price of oil (U.S. Department of Energy)

$26.03/barrel

$115.63/barrel

Jeez, I’d hate to see what an unaccomplished mission looks like.

(h/t Bradrocket for the Perle of antiwisdom)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Republicans,Wankers,War


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