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skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, December 18, 2003

that's gotta hurt

thanks to reader kevin, we came upon this piece from quality content reporting that the number of american troops wounded in iraq is close to 11,000:

the total number of wounded u.s. soldiers and medical evacuations from the war in iraq is nearing 11,000, according to new pentagon data.

in response to a request from upi, the military said it has made 8,581 medical evacuations from operation iraqi freedom for non-hostile causes in addition to the 2,273 wounded -- a total of 10,854, according to the new data. the pentagon says that 457 troops have died.

and, in spite of the "captured dictator bounce" that awol is getting from showing pictures of an unshaven saddam getting his throat looked at, dr. dean is still leading the pack of dems, way out in front, in wisconsin. kevin sent us this from the milwaukee journal sentinel online:

dean captured the support of 33% of those polled, well ahead of connecticut sen. joe lieberman (12%), retired gen. wesley clark (11%), missouri rep. dick gephardt (9%) and massachusetts sen. john kerry (6%). another 22% were undecided…

the poll was done in the aftermath of dean's attention-getting endorsement by former vice president al gore. it also comes right on the heels of saddam hussein's capture, a landmark event that boosted president bush and led several of dean's democratic rivals to question dean's staunch anti-war views. those candidates have argued the capture undermines dean's case against the war and makes it harder for an anti-war democrat to beat bush.

that debate still is unfolding. the survey, which underscores dean's present strength, was done in its entirety after the announcement of hussein's capture.

posted by skippy at 5:12 PM |


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