Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Shop here till they drop there
This is a busy time of year, and life is good. For some people. There's holiday shopping to do, holiday parties to attend, cookies to bake, cards to send out, the excitement of the approaching Christmas and New Year's holidays.
For others, it's not so good. They are killing and being killed in Iraq. In the 36 days until the new Congress convenes January 3, not much will change. Oh, the Baker Commission will probably issue its report and the talking heads will do what they do best -- talk. But the fighting and dying will go on.
There's not even the possibility of action reflecting the will of the people as expressed in the November election until members of the new Congress take office. By then, if present rates hold, close to another 90 American servicemen and women will be dead, about ten times that number wounded, and close to 2,0000 more Iraqis will be dead -- and that's if we're lucky. These will all be people who died or were wounded while the politicians took their own good sweet time deciding what to do and how to avoid blame for it.