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State of the Union speech: Applauding carnage

President Bush’s team of spinners is extremely good at what it does. In his State of the Union speech, Bush actually made us feel good about the death of a U.S. soldier in Iraq. Let’s put Bush’s shameless political exploitation of a deceased Marine’s grieving parents in perspective.

Bush mentioned just one dead soldier. In fact, over 1,400 U.S. troops have been killed so far since this Iraq invasion began. They would completely fill the hall where Bush spoke. Some 16,000 coalition troops have been seriously injured. They would fill the entire Congressional Office Building. An estimated 45,000 Iraqi soldiers and civilians have been killed. This fills a good-sized town. An estimated 100,000 Iraqis have been seriously injured. This fills an entire city.

An extremely conservative estimate of the number of people killed or crippled to date by Bush’s Iraq war is 162,400 (far more than all of us living in Nevada County, population 98,000). This grim total continues to climb with no end in sight, and Bush is now threatening Syria, and Iran, and Korea. Do you still feel good about Bush’s speech? I find it appalling to see a standing ovation for carnage of this magnitude.

Ken Schumacher

Grass Valley

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