This from Firedog Lake...any comments?

The United States military could stay in Iraq for "maybe a hundred years" and that "would be fine with me," John McCain told two hundred or so people at a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, on Jan 3. And U.S. troops could be in Iraq for "a thousand years" or "a million years," as far as he was concerned.

This, of course, would be fine if you have absolutely no grasp of reality:

Suicides among active-duty soldiers in 2007 reached their highest level since the Army began keeping such records in 1980, according to a draft internal study obtained by The Washington Post. Last year, 121 soldiers took their own lives, nearly 20 percent more than in 2006.

At the same time, the number of attempted suicides or self-inflicted injuries in the Army has jumped sixfold since the Iraq war began. Last year, about 2,100 soldiers injured themselves or attempted suicide, compared with about 350 in 2002, according to the U.S. Army Medical Command Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

The Army was unprepared for the high number of suicides and cases of post-traumatic stress disorder among its troops, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have continued far longer than anticipated...

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have placed severe stress on the Army, caused in part by repeated and lengthened deployments. Historically, suicide rates tend to decrease when soldiers are in conflicts overseas, but that trend has reversed in recent years. From a suicide rate of 9.8 per 100,000 active-duty soldiers in 2001 -- the lowest rate on record -- the Army reached an all-time high of 17.5 suicides per 100,000 active-duty soldiers in 2006.

And yet, under Bush -- now ending further troop cuts in Iraq -- the war goes ever on, and McCain's platform is that it will go on forever until there is the never achieved and never defined victory, and all other courses are defeat.

How many suicide notes should be passed on to him directly?

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Thanks Glenn. For highlighting  one of the easily overlooked costs of this "war on terror."

Weather permitting we'll be demonstrating to Save the Constitution, outside Kellogg School in Falls Village on Feb. 3rd, Sunday, 1:30 PM to 2PM when Murphy hosts his constituents for a discussion before the Superbowl gets rolling.  

Hi Everyone,

Thought I would forward some Hartford vicinity events to you. 

Sunday Feb 3 12 noon.  Campus, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield Ct, Anti War, Anti Joe Lieberman protest at the time John McCain arrives to speak.

Sunday Feb 3  1 pm.  Town of West Hartford.  Town Hall, Main Street.  Open Forum with Congresman John Larson.  Meetings have been held with him regarding impeachment of Cheney.  We wanted to have a forum to discuss this and he set up a general forum for all types of q&a's.  WHCPJ has a list of questions ready related to impeachment and are hoping to have a few of them heard.  We do realize there are many issues facing our country right now, and will be respectful that others need voice to their questions. In other words, we will not try to dominate the focus on impeachment, but we will be asking questions.

February 11th, Karl Rove speaks at Choate.  Hannah Kluger of Greater Glastonbury Peace & Justice would like to have participation with her at a protest in Wallingford

Both Clinton and Obama should be passing through Hartford on Monday.  No details as of yet.

Peace to all.  I've enjoyed reading your thoughts this week.





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