Tony's got a column on it. He deconstructions the phrase "shock and awe" in new and exciting ways. First with this:
For Iraqis, it will be one more day filled with infamy. Five years after a White House media consultant came up with the term to describe the obliteration of one of the world's oldest civilizations, "shock and awe" has become the existential shorthand for the daily reality of ordinary Iraqis.And then:
I can hear you now, out there. But everyone at the time believed that Saddam had those WMD that we now know he didn't have.
After the initial euphoria by the media and the administration died down, the unsettling truth about our Iraq adventure began to sink in. "Shock and awe" took on new connotations.
Shock and awe over our superior military might became speechlessness over the tens of thousands of Iraqis killed since the bombs began falling.
The deterioration of the Iraqi economy and the degradation of the country's infrastructure after years of sanctions aimed at toppling Saddam's regime was another example of shock and awe.
The insurgency and the violence that fuels the average Iraqi's sense of cultural and political loss is another way of experiencing shock and awe.
This is from the first week of October, 2002:
While President Bush marshals congressional and international support for invading Iraq, a growing number of military officers, intelligence professionals and diplomats in his own government privately have deep misgivings about the administration's double-time march toward war.But let's look at some numbers in dubya's bloody war (something Dick Cheney calls a successful endeavor):
As of this writing, 3,990 American troops have been killed.
As of this writing, 29,314 have been wounded.
As of this writing, 145 American troops have died of "self-inflicted wounds."
As of this writing, somewhere between 82,000 and 89,000 Iraqi deaths have been documented.
Billions of dollars to pay for something we were told would nearly pay for itself.
All this in five years.
NOTE: There'll be a candlelight vigil tomorrow in Squirrel Hill.