Monday, May 27, 2013

Hat tip to those who deserve it.


I don't know what this photo has to do with anything but I liked it. Er... licked it?

Amazing. Open the news today and any news about the war in Afghanistan or what we've left behind in Iraq and there's nothing nada zip zero news. But what's worse is nothing about the casualties. Nothing of our war dead. Not so much as a body count. And while the usual talking heads are away enjoying their barbeque and rookies take their place, well I'm here to correct that. Wars you see never have a preempted schedule they go on business as usual with maybe a minute of silence to remember the forgotten then it's back to dodging bullets and IEDs. And it looks like even google can't help you here and a wiki was not much better. 

Well here's the stats or at least what was reported.
Iraq     U.S. troops  - killed 4,487     wounded 32,226
Afghanistan     U.S. troops 2,226     wounded 23,500

Civilian deaths Iraq 103,160 - 113,728
              Afghanistan 12,500 - 14,700 

But you'll see no flag draped coffins and no crying widows cross the airwaves of this country today. That would put a damper on more important things like getting to the campground for the best spot or firing up the barbie to roast some burgers before the rains may come. And it's truly sad to think that none of those who gave it all will be remembered. Yes maybe their names will be carved in granite on some future memorial wall, but for the rest of us they're just numbers on an accounting sheet. And to all who made it back in relatively one piece and thirst to return because after all your buddies were depending on you, just remember, wars were there before you got there and they'll be here when you're long gone. You did the job you were sent to do so in my book it's over.


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Roger Owen Green said...

there is almost no info on the # of contractors killed, which was huge.

Tom Harper said...

Oh come on, it's Memorial Day. Who wants to talk about depressing stuff like war casualties on a holiday? Fire up the barbecue and open another brewski.

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BBC said...

I was out in the boondocks for four days and nights so didn't see any news or get on the internut.

You had a good weekend, yes?

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Roger Owen Green said...

BTW, I'm already written NEXT year's Memorial Day post, based largely on what you sent me. Thanks!