6 more US troops have died in this war:
"U.S Marines of the 1st Division line up for a joined prayer at their base outside Fallujah, Iraq. When weighing possible benefits against the costs of the Iraq intervention, there is simply no conceivable calculus by which Operation Iraq Freedom can be judged to have been a successful or worthwhile policy."From:
"KABUL, Afghanistan (July 10) - Six American service members and at least a dozen civilians died in attacks Saturday in Afghanistan's volatile east and south, adding to a summer of escalating violence as Taliban militants push back against stepped-up operations by international and Afghan forces.
Senior U.S. military officers have warned, however, that the fight in the Taliban's spiritual birthplace would lead to a rise in casualties for troops. June was the deadliest month of the nearly 9-year-old war, and July has kept pace.
The international coalition has been aggressively stepping up such raids, trying to break up Taliban leadership and operations capability in a renewed push as 30,000 more American troops arrive to try to turn around the war.
The coalition say commando units have captured more than 100 senior and midlevel Taliban figures since April and killed dozens more. But the success rate has not made much of a dent in insurgent attacks."
More at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/10/nato-5-us-troops-killed-afghanistan/?page=2
Then when you add Iraq into the mix, it's even more.
"Number of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 5546"
It has their name, a photo, and info about each one, and it has a search in case you are looking for someone.
I hope there is no one that you knew on this list.
White and red flags, representing Iraqi and American deaths, sit in the grass quad of The Valley Library on the Corvallis, Oregon campus of Oregon State University. As part of the traveling Iraq Body Count exhibit (not related to Iraq Body Count project) the flags aim to "raise awareness of the human cost of the Iraq War."
"The number killed in Iraq is far less than in other modern American wars. In Vietnam, the U.S. lost on average about 4,850 troops a year from 1963-75. In the Korean war, from 1950-53, the U.S. lost about 12,300 soldiers a year."
More at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/iraq-casualties.htm
When is this going to end?
While Ray mowed the rest of the place, and I went into Conroe. I had not kept an eye on the calendar, and the cable/internet bill was due today, so I took it to their night slot. Normally I pay it with http://www.mycheckfree.com/ , but I had left it too late.
I needed to go anyway, as I hoped that Lowes would tone down the paint I had bought for the skirting. It was too orangey, so she kept on adding green to make it look more like weathered cedar. It always looks different in the store, but we will see how this new color turns out.
As I had more time to look, without Jay, more items were crossed off my list, like the wider carpet trim to cover up some more of the contractor's goofs, batteries for the door bell, and a new air filter for the mower.
Not a very exiting day!