The national Security Network (http://www.nsnetwork.org/node/165) has a report on the state of affairs four (4) years after Chimperator Bush stupidly told the anti-American elements in the Middle East to "Bring'em on." Here's a summary and some highlights:
It has been four years since the President declared “bring’em on” in response to the budding insurgency in Iraq. Since that statement, more than 3,300 American troops have been killed and 25,000 have been wounded. Iraqi civilians have suffered tremendously, with four million fleeing their homes and an estimated 35,000 killed. The security situation has only deteriorated further, with the initial insurgency morphing into multiple civil wars and sectarian violence. Incredibly, there are more American troops in Iraq today than were there four years ago when the President made his reckless declaration.
The Middle East is facing its largest refugee crisis in a generation. More than 2 million Iraqis have fled Iraq and another 2 million are internally displaced.
America has been in Iraq longer than it was in World War II. It has been 52 months since military operations in Iraq began. As of July 1, 2007, American troops have been in Iraq for 1,565, days the equivalent of 222 weeks.
Four years later, oil production is 21% below prewar levels. Despite the assertion that Iraqi oil production would pay for the war, production is down to 1.97 million barrels/day from 2.5 before the war.
Baghdad is still averaging only 5.6 hours of electricity per day. This number represents only 20% of prewar production levels. Unemployment remains between 25-40%. For the last two years, the unemployment rate hasUnemployment remains between 25-40%.
And our Chimperator and Darth Vadar Cheney think democracy will prevail in such an environment? Both are either utterly insane or complete delusional idiots.