Nov 6, 2007

Right Said Fred

I actually like Fred Thompson. I disagree with his stances on about 5 key issues, but I'd be happy to see him as President. Mostly because I don't want to see any smart Democrat getting stuck with the check on the ridiculous mess GW and his cohorts are leaving. It's a no-win situation for whoever replaces the Smirking Chimp, so I'd just as soon it was a Republican who has to clean up the simeon-like poo-flinging he's done. Thompson seems like a pretty level-head, if not slightly delusional. On his recent Meet the Press appearance with Tim Russert, he asserts that the US has been making progress in Iraq and states that the number of casualties is definitely decreasing. However, (and I guess you can always blame the liberal media for this) a recent news story reports something that seems to contradict his perception of the facts.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military on Tuesday announced the deaths of five more soldiers, making 2007 the deadliest year for U.S. troops despite a recent downturn, according to an Associated Press count.
At least 852 American military personnel have died in Iraq so far this year — the highest annual toll since the war began in March 2003, according to AP figures.

Recent downturns are one thing, but an increase over the last 4 years seems much more telling. So, Who be truthin' here?

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