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Untold deaths – how many more?

How many people – overwhelmingly innocent men, women and children – have died because of direct action by US military soldiers in Iraq? How much "collateral damage" has there been? How many peaceful families have become victims of the neocon desire to own Iraq in the way that the US owns Kuwait?

Go ahead and take a guess, because nobody can say with certainty. Estimates range wildly, but all of the numbers indicate a lot of killing has happened in our name.

Here's just a few opinions:

"I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis."
- George W. Bush, December 12, 2005, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Iraq Body Count estimated on April 12, 2006, that the minimum number of Iraqi dead was 34,030 and the maximum was 38,164.

British medical journal The Lancet on October 29, 2004 stated, "Making conservative assumptions, we think about 100,000 excess deaths, or more have happened since the 2003 inv…

How many times can Bush lie without being held accountable?

Excerpts from recent reports by Jason Leopold, writing for truthout.org, show that President George Bush directly and intentionally lied to the American people and to federal investigators in order to protect members of his administration who violated national security – with his authorization – in an act of revenge against former ambassador Joseph Wilson after Wilson exposed the false justifications for invading Iraq.

In early June of 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney met with Bush and told him that CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson was Wilson's wife and that she was responsible for sending him on a fact-finding mission to Niger to check out reports about Iraq's attempt to purchase uranium from the African country. She was not responsible, although she did recommend her husband to her superiors, and Cheney knew that his attempts to portray her as the person responsible were untrue.

According to Leopold, the meeting with Cheney and Bush included former White House Chief of Staff…

A response to Rep. Jack Kingston

Georgia's Rep. Jack Kingston recently called anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan "a nutcase" and "a very flaky woman" according to reports posted on his blog. He issued an apology the following day. I sent the following screed to him that same day...

Good day to you, sir;

It was heartening to see your apology posted on your site regarding comments you made about Cindy Sheehan. I was the editor of the Haleakala Times in Hawaii when Ms. Sheehan lost her son, and was one of the first to publish her commentary on the war, before she became a media icon. I did so because her voice is not unique; she is most certainly not a nutcase or beatnik; I have heard far too many comments much like her original public statement from fathers and mothers of fallen soldiers. I heard many of the same comments during the Vietnam War, which compares to the invasion of Iraq only in its injustice and unnecessary deaths.

I'm writing to thank you for the posted apology, and I understand ful…