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Iraq on the Brink
The question of whether we will permit ourselves to win in Iraq looms large these days. We already know where the newsmedia stands. I made note yesterday of an AP article which moved on the wire with the headline, €œU.S. Involved in Iraq Longer Than WWII.”
This, to the wire service whose primary product drives the mental gears of every journalist in the country, is an apt analogy. Strangely, AP did not see fit to compare WWII and Iraq death counts in its story. (Although in months past, the AP has, without a historical frame of reference, reported on “grim milestones” of 2,000 deaths and such.) But a Power Line Forum poster did. In the event, the average number of American deaths per year of warfare in Iraq is about 747. WWII? 80,000.
Those numbers tell two stories. One about the differing scales of war and another about the ever-increasing efficacy of our military.
But will we be permitted to win? Dafydd ab Hugh has a good round up of sentiment surrounding James Baker’s Iraq Study committee, which could recommend withdrawal. (A draft copy of the report was sent to reporters this morning; it did not contain withdrawal language.) And Baker is George W. Bush’s man, so his recommendation will be the benchmark. Democrats will move to a position one or two clicks more anti-war than Baker.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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