March 20 marked three full years of a U.S. military presence in Iraq.
Sadly, not everyone will come home.
Although the photos of flag-draped coffins at the Dover Air Force Base were hidden from the press, they were obtained from the military on request using the Freedom of Information Act. The photos, which are a sad, yet dignified, reminder of the loss of human life, can be found at The Memory Hole.
When I saw this one, I felt a need to share it with readers here.
The war in Iraq has been going on for entirely too long now. It was begun on false pretences and it continues with huge loss of life on both sides. And all we hear from the President and his spokespeople is spin.
Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.
– George W. Bush, May 1, 2003
That was nearly three years ago. How many people have died since then?
More recently, the Pres began to reveal his true thoughts on the War: it’s a mess that someone else will have to clean up:
Question: Will there come a day — and I’m not asking you when, not asking for a timetable — will there come a day when there will be no more American forces in Iraq?
THE PRESIDENT: That, of course, is an objective, and that will be decided by future Presidents and future governments of Iraq.
– March 21, 2006 Press Conference
And more spin:
I wish I could tell you the violence in Iraq is waning and that all the tough days in the struggle are behind us. They’re not. There will be more tough fighting ahead with difficult days that test the patience and the resolve of our country. Yet, we can have faith in the final outcome because we’ve seen freedom overcome the darkness of tyranny and terror and secure the peace before. And in this century, freedom is going to prevail again.
– George W. Bush, March 29, 2006
With 94 years left in “this century,” I hope he’s right.