Got an email from Al Franken yesterday. Well, okay, 500,000 other folks got it, too. Franken wrote to urge us to lean hard on Normie Colemeleon – the man who currently occupies Paul Wellstone’s Senate seat. Franken’s letter cited American death stats, which at any given time are inaccurate because doggone it, they just keep dying over there. Click to play the numbers game.
Anyway, looking yet again at those tragic numbers raised a question for me. What, exactly, is the tipping point for this administration and its minions, Norm Colemeleon and perky freshman-in-Congress Michele Bachmann, with respect to deaths in Iraq? Bachman returned from a Congressional delegation trip to the Green Zone. She thinks we need to stay the course.
There is zero interest in the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead. Also In the huge and growing number of Americans who are half-dead or die when they get home. So let's stick to what's readily available in the land of the fees and the home of the knaves.
Clearly, 3,600 dead (54 of them Minnesotans) isn’t spectacular enough to warrant rescuing our troops. So what are the magic numbers? At what point are Republicans totally revolted by what is happening? 100 Minnesotans out of 7,000? Crikey, where will they hide all those coffins? How about 5,400 out of 36,000? 10,000 out of 75,000? Those are impressive numbers. Would they be high enough to get the hell out of Iraq?