Four years ago on this day, Bush declared that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”
In the following three years, over 2,150 US troops died. That’s ~716 per year.
On this day last year, Scott McClellan, when asked whether the mission has been accomplished, replied “We are on the way to accomplishing the mission and achieving victory.”
In the past 365 days, a further 946 soldiers have died, bringing the total to 3344.
We’re on the way to something … victory ain’t it.