At least 36 Iraqis died Tuesday in bombings, officials said, including a coordinated strike that killed 25 in western Baghdad. Separately, the deaths of six U.S. soldiers pushed the American toll beyond the number of victims in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.[emphasis added]And
The U.S. military on Tuesday announced the deaths of six more American soldiers, pushing the U.S. military death toll since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 to at least 2,978 - five more than the number killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.While it was inevitable that the number of American personnel dead in Bush's war would overtake the slaughter of 9/11, the fact that it happened the day after Christmas only adds to my suspicion that God (if He exists) has a keen and bitter sense of the absurd.
The milestone came with the deaths of the three soldiers Monday and three more Tuesday in roadside bomb attacks near Baghdad, the military said.
There's no need to quote Bob Crachit's son here, is there?
Merry Christmas, Dubya.