George W. Bush hands back a crying baby that was handed to him from the crowd as he arrives for an outdoor dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Trinwillershagen, Germany on Thursday.
If he got near me, I'd cry, too. Too bad the little kid didn't poop or throw up on him. I guess it's too much to expect this one innocent child to do the work of the millions who hate, fear, or despise this man for all the chaos he has brought into the world.
There have been 2,770 coalition deaths, 2,545 Americans, two Australians, 113 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, three Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Fijian, one Hungarian, 31 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, two Romanians, two Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of July 13, 2006, according to a CNN count.
The Iraqi civilian death count grows by the day and estimates range from over 45,000 to 100,000 by the British Medical Journal Lancet. From BBC News, "Poor planning, air strikes by coalition forces and a "climate of violence" have led to more than 100,000 extra deaths in Iraq, scientists claim. A study published by the Lancet says the risk of death by violence for civilians in Iraq is now 58 times higher than before the US-led invasion."
At least 18,874 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. Many of the wounded would have died in earlier wars, but advances in combat medical technology is enabling combat surgeons to save them. However, more soldiers are coming home without a limb or limbs than in previous wars.
And what of the financial cost of Bush's war? At last count, the war in Iraq has cost the Unites States over $295,874,700,000 and that number grows every minute we are there. Our troops are in the middle of a civil war firefight and Bush is holding the matches that started it. He doesn't go to our dead soldier's funerals and his administration will not allow their flag-draped caskets to be photographed.
Of course, that child is crying. We all should be.