Monday, July 23, 2007

Fuck you Timmah

Tim Russert swallows the Fred Hiatt defense -- Iraq is all the Democrats fault:

MR. RUSSERT: I think a big tactical mistake from a Democratic perspective. There are 30 Republican senators who are desperate to get away from President Bush. They’ve been pushed back toward President Bush by, one, Harry Reid making this more partisan, and a censure resolution would make it hyper- partisan. So I think it would be huge for the whole political landscape if those Republicans drifted away from Bush. But it’s not going to happen if there’s censure resolutions, if it’s a partisan debate.

Oh please just kill me now.

Even under the spin that Li'l Russ spews, the so-called 30 GOP Senators desperate to get away from Bush, but willing to let kids die because of mean ol' Harry Reid indicates one thing.


You know, while I am at it and dissecting the toolish ruminations of the special education panel Timmah had on yesterday (David Brooks, Cheney Blowographer Stephen Hayes, and Bob Woodward) I have to take notice of this. Listen to el Bobo pontificate:

MR. BROOKS: Well, if we leave, we could see 250,000 Iraqis die. You had the John Burns’ quotation earlier in the program. So are we willing to prevent 10,000 Iraqi deaths a month at the cost of 125 Americans? ...

MR. WOODWARD: And the problem, though, is, we don’t know. People can say, “Oh, it’s going to be a disaster.”

MR. BROOKS: Uh-huh.

MR. WOODWARD: I mean, you cite numbers which you have pulled out of the air of 10,000 dying. I mean, that’s—that—where does that come from?

MR. BROOKS: Well, A, it comes from John Burns. Second, it comes from the national intelligence...

MR. WOODWARD: Well, no, he doesn’t say 10,000.

MR. BROOKS: Well, no, no, but it talks about genocide.


MR. BROOKS: So I just picked that 10,000 out of the air.

"I got that number from John Burns my ass"

Look, last October, the death estimate methods that our government has trusted for throwing out numbers in every other civil conflict estimated the increased deaths due to our invasion of Iraq was likely 650,000 (through bombings, shootings, beatings, but also through lessened medical care, medical conditions, stress and other health rated conditions, suicides, nutrition, less healthy births, lack of medicines, etc.)

That was published three-quarters of a year ago -- I don't think anybody is proclaiming the death rate has slowed appreciably over prior years at this time, only at the rate of just before surge began...even the Kagans admit that.

I know the neo-cons have managed to drive this number into being too dangerous to say in this country, but if, all things being considered there are now another several tens of thousands dead, 10,000 a month are dying now.

How much worse can it really get? Even Bobo's out of his ass number is less than the death rate based on the Lancet estimates.

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