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05/20/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Shout It Out: There's Still a War Going On!

The Iraq War coverage this past March was down to 5 percent of all stories in the media according to the Pew Research Center. I can think of exceptions but there are only a few.

While the mainstream media has been busy with the Democratic primary race, searching every nook and cranny for some sort of guilt by association, the war with all of its attendant issues has gone on. In a way we are all tired of hearing about the war but the newshole (print, TV, radio, Internet) inattention to it of late has produced a quasi acceptance of its continuation.

Because there were multiple casualties in the same time frame it is hard to be certain but Private First Class George Delgado may very well have been the 4000th American death in the Iraq War. I vividly recall a picture of his mother, Maria Calle, embracing his coffin. While looking at that picture it is not so hard to remember that all politics are local.

"We expect every American to support our military, and if they can't do that, to shut up. Americans, and indeed our allies, who actively work against our military once the war is under way will be considered enemies of the state by me." Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Channel, February 26, 2003.

Well Bill-O, I guess you'll have to consider the Bushbaby to be an enemy of the state. Bush has, after all, wrecked the military. Recruiting has reached an all-time low because so many people disagree with the war. So, at this point some military personnel are serving their fourth and fifth tours and they are quickly reaching the breaking point.

Then, when the service people finally do return home they get very few benefits and the shoddiest health care available. In some cases they get what a huge chunk of the civilian population gets, no health care at all. And, like so many other lousy statistics, suicides in the armed services are at an all time high.

The devastation to Americans does not take into account the travails of the Iraqi population, approximately 2 million of whom are displaced. I wonder if Darth Cheney asked any of those people how they feel about having an amusement park in the green zone of Bagdad before he recently released the plans for one.

It is beyond absurd to think that a person would consider building a skateboard facility when their primary concern is to find a home or have clean drinking water and a sewer system that works. We, the taxpayers of the United States, have spent untold millions for infrastructure improvements in Iraq that were never built but were paid for in full to Bushbaby Administration cronies. The amusement park is just another pie-in-the-sky distraction.

In a recent Pew Center survey, less than one third of the respondents realized that America was approaching 4000 dead. More than a third thought the death number was 3000 and 11 percent thought it was 2000.

In the May/June issue of Columbia Journalism Review they ran a Hard Numbers feature that illuminates the following facts:
· 21.9 percent of newshole devoted to coverage of the Iraq war in February 2007,
· 3.1 percent of newshole devoted to that coverage in February 2008,
· 55 percent of adults in America who correctly identified the rough number of U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq since 2003 - given a choice between 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, or 5,000 - in February 2007,
· 28 percent who correctly identified that number in February 2008.

The war has raged on for five years. That is longer than the duration of the American Civil War which was participated in, directly or indirectly, by every person who lived in the United States at the time. Five years is one year longer than World War I and only one year shorter than the duration of World War 2, both of which were conflicts involving the entire world.

We are mind-numbed perhaps by the knowledge that an imbecile masquerading as President of the U.S. has absolutely no intentions of righting his damnable wrongs. His newly minted surrogate, John McCain, is equally guilty because he has made it undeniably clear that all of the current administration's mistakes will be continued if he is elected president.

Incidentally, I have been given permission to speak of Bushbaby and McSame that way by no less than Theodore Roosevelt as quoted in the Kansas City Star on May 7, 1918, "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Jennifer Aniston seems a very sweet lady. But, her current romance does not suggest the gravitas that is requisite for a national lead story. The Iraq War, on the other hand, continues to do so.