Conservative blogger proves he doesn’t get statistics, national security or morality

Republican blogger Riehl World View throws up some statistics and fails to see how they prove the Right’s view of Iraq and terrorism wrong. A neat trick that would require copious amonts of liquor for anyone but a conservative to achieve, Riehl World View Sunday, December 31, 2006 63,000 – Yes, That’s Some Number

While neither the media nor the Left will pause to take note, there are a few other numbers we can justifiably project for ourselves on this New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2006.

An estimated 16,692 persons were murdered nationwide in 2005, an increase of 3.4 percent from the 2004 figure.

Murder comprised 1.2 percent of the overall estimated number of violent crimes in 2005. (Based on Table 1.)

There were an estimated 5.6 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.

Based upon the 2005 figures, approximately 46 Americans are killed within our borders every day. The Iraq War officially began on March 20, 2003 – approximately 1,375 days ago. Consequently, one can project that well over 63,000 Americans have died at the hands of other Americans since the beginning of the war.

Riehl makes the case quite clearly that Americans are a more imminent threat to Americans then Iraq is ( The two predominant religious sects in the U.S. are Catholicism and Protestantism). That Americans have killed in the year 2005 more then 5.6 times the number of people killed by al-Queda on 9-11; and if we use the 63,000 figure and 1,375 days, Americans have killed 21 times the number that al-Queda killed on 9-11. In the daily course of living one’s life in America clearly the greatest threat to that life is a follow citizen. In Riehl-Bush World doesn’t that mean we should shock and awe ourselves, then occupy ourselves. This is not to mean that al-Queda isn’t a threat, but it does mean that it is time to put that threat in proper non-paranoid proportion. Measuring threats, carefully weighing our actions is what adult citizens with values do. Being a democracy some citizens can opt out of responsible behavior, but if they choose that course they shouldn’t become president or write blogs. Iraq didn’t attack us on 9-11 and as I posted before Saddam Husein and the neocon conservatives like Riehl were quite close at one point – How Reagan Armed Saddam with Chemical Weapons.
That aside Reihl started out that post with some tired shrillness about the Left (otherwise known as Patriotic Americans),

It’s unfortunate that one might predict an almost celebratory tone in announcements from the media and the Left that US deaths in Iraq have reached 3,000. I had to search around to find a news story that actually named the individual.

I literally looked at two dozen major liberal blogs and web magazines and cannot find a single solitary “celebratory tone”. What I can find are posts like Riehl’s that are trying to minimize and trivialize the deaths of those 3000 troops that were sent to Iraq based on lies and distortions about WMD and connections to al-Queda. Don’t look at the Iraq death toll, look at WWII, don’t look at the Conservative Movement’s attacks on the Constitution look at Linclon’s attack on habeas corpus and FDR’s internment camps. You see in fringe Right Land past deaths and past law breaking makes the Republican lies and law breaking OK. Let’s all imagine the conversation they have with their teenager that took the car without permission and the kid’s excuse is that others have done it before. Maybe so many Americans are killing each other because Conservatives have made morality into the world’s most bendable pretzel.

Three thousand. Why? By Joseph Hughes

As the administration kept soldiers in Iraq far longer than promised, they not only failed to adequately protect them with proper armor when they were there, but they also neglected them once they returned home, vastly undercutting their health benefits. And, once American soldiers died, the administration also callously ignored grieving mothers like Cindy Sheehan, going so far as to use the right-wing noise machine to badmouth a woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice, whose only crime was wanting to know why her son was killed. And whenever the Sheehans of the world spoke out, the Ann Coulters of the world mocked them, lamenting the fact that their personal tragedies prevented critics from personally attacking them.

At every turn, those asking “Why?” were called into question. Following the news of the 2,000th U.S. death in Iraq, Army Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, director of the multinational force’s combined press center, said in an e-mail to reporters, “I ask that when you report on the events, take a moment to think about the effects on the families and those serving in Iraq. The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone. It is an artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives.” Fox’s Rupert Murdoch said, “The death toll, certainly of Americans there, by the terms of any previous war are quite minute.” What’s more, the president famously characterized the disastrous state of affairs in Iraq as “just a comma” in the final history of the nation.

The Kool-aid fueled bloggers of the Right have had nothing to say about their draft avoiding hero George W. Bush calling the multitude of deaths in Iraq just a “comma”. The Conservative cadre have no problem with the owner of the ultra-right Fox News trivializing the deaths of the troops.

One of those damn liberals Juan Cole writes, What the Number 3000 Hides

Iraqi guerrillas killed 6 more GIs and AP put the total dead in combat at 2998. The dreadful milestone of 3000 is upon us.

Like all statistics, this one is deceptive. It does not include US troops killed in Afghanistan, that oddly forgotten war where the US still has a division engaging in active combat. Nor is it nice to ignore NATO dead in Afghanistan, including French and Canadians (yes).

It doesn’t sound to me as though Professor Cole is being ” celebratory”. Maybe this is the kind of liberal press celebration that Dan Riehl was referring to, Time to Reflect As Iraq Toll Hits 3,000

The grim milestone was crossed on the final day of 2006 and at the end of the deadliest month for the American military in Iraq in the past 12 months. At least 111 U.S. service members were reported to have died in December.

Each of the fallen resting here on a grassy slope facing the Washington Monument could stand for many others _ traditional heroes decorated for acts “above and beyond the call of duty,” and those whose families say their heroism consisted of putting on their country’s uniform during a time of war.

Arlington honors each with a glistening 232-pound Vermont marble headstone marked with the most basic of information _ and a number.