$405,000,000,000.00+ For the mathematically challenged, that's over four hundred BILLION dollars. That's a rough average of $185,000,000.00 (one hundred and eighty five million dollars) every fucking day. $7,000,000.00 (seven million dollars an hour). $116,000.00 (one hundred and sixteen thousand dollars) per minute.
Over 3,600 American soldiers killed. Over 26,000 (most conservative estimate) wounded.
"Al Qaeda is the strongest it has been since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a new U.S. government analysis concludes, according to a senior government official who has seen it."
The White House response?
"The White House's view is that "over the past six years, we have prevented attacks from al Qaeda by taking the fight to them," a senior administration official said."
Bull. Fucking. Shit.
There was no al Qaeda in Iraq before we got there! The only reason they are there now is because we fucked things up so spectacularly that al Qaeda recruits and wannabes can pour into Irag like a biblical deluge and attack us at will.
We have done nothing but pour fuel on the fire and provided the terrorists with an increased motivation and a training ground for killing Americans. Not just American civilians, either. Now they have six years of experience killing the most advanced and well equipped armed force the world has ever known in locations as protected and as hardened as we can possibly make them. And still they succeed.
"Bush told a friendly audience here that the additional troops he ordered to Iraq have only recently arrived to join the fight. "I believe that it's in this nation's interests to give the commander a chance to fully implement his operations. And I believe Congress ought to wait for General Petraeus to come back and give us an assessment of the strategy that he's putting in place before they make any decisions," Bush said at a town hall appearance."
We haven't succeeded in 6 years, but the next 60 days will make all the difference in the world.
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
This is a faith-based (faith=belief without evidence) administration with absolutely no connection with reality whatsoever. And Americans continue to die every day because our president and vice president are blind to fact-based reality.
How can anyone with over 32 brain cells continue to support this administration's idiotic, self-destructive policies with a straight face and any semblance of self respect?