What Could Have Been

January 15, 2008

Sometimes I get curious and go back and watch a bit of history with the knowledge that we have now. At work today, I listened to Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention to see how it compared to what he’s saying t0 these days.

The thing that stood out to me the most? He mentioned the tall of troop deaths in Iraq at that point. 900. 900 U.S. troops had been lost by that point, assuming that his numbers were correct.

According to CNN:

There have been 4,210 coalition deaths — 3,904 Americans, two Australians, 174 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, one Czech, seven Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Fijian, one Hungarian, 33 Italians, one Kazakh, one Korean, three Latvian, 22 Poles, three Romanians, five Salvadoran, four Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians — in the war in Iraq as of January 14, 2008, according to a CNN count.

So in less than 4 years there have been another 3,310 American troop deaths because of this war of profit. And that doesn’t even include the men, women and children who have lost their lives needlessly.

Nor does it count the millions displaced and without shelter or security.

In 2004 we were still under 1,000 US deaths, and we had the opportunity to elect a new President and change direction. Oh, what could have been.

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