Friday, September 14, 2007


“An estimated 4.2 million Iraqis have been uprooted from their homes, with the monthly rate of displacement climbing to over 60,000 people compared to 50,000 previously.

Many are barely surviving in makeshift camps, inaccessible to aid workers for security reasons.”

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis

According to the ORB poll, a survey of 1,461 adults suggested that the total number slain during more than four years of war was more than 1.2 million.

ORB said it drew its conclusion from responses to the question about those living under one roof: "How many members of your household, if any, have died as a result of the conflict in Iraq since 2003?"

Based on Iraq's estimated number of households -- 4,050,597 -- it said the 1.2 million figure was reasonable.

ORB said its poll had a margin of error of 2.4%. According to its findings, nearly one in two households in Baghdad had lost at least one member to war- related violence, and 22% of households nationwide had suffered at least one death. It said 48% of the victims were shot to death and 20% died as a result of car bombs, with other explosions and military bombardments blamed for most of the other fatalities.

The survey was conducted last month.



Chris Matthews after the remarks by George W. Bush on September 13, 2007.

My back hurts like heck.

My brain is waiting for the Decider to once again tell us how well we are doing in Iraq; how well we must do; how long we must continue to do well...

You get it.

I am so tired of this president’s artifice and folly.

He is speaking as I write:

Seizing the initiative...lasting reconciliation...surging diplomatic resources...provincial reconstruction teams...

clear out the enemy...transitioning to the next phase...our mission in Iraq will evolve...adjust our military...provide a fresh assessment of Iraq...return on success...the more successful we are the more troops that can come home...protect our interests in the region...realizing this vision will be difficult...our diplomats believe we can succeed...Iraq could face a humanitarian for peace in the holy land...let us come together on a policy of strength in the Middle is never too late to advance freedom...

Realists in military circles reckon the overall situation in Iraq is worsening, from the point of view of the United States; that by next spring, as one puts it, “the active-duty Army and Marine Corps will start to break under the current load”. Forces will decline, unless Bush orders a real surge next year in involuntarily mobilized reservists. He won’t do that. The war is lost, but like many a lost war, it will last a very long time.

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