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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A TERRIBLE TOLL
Yesterday was a sad day. Another American died in Iraq, the 2,000th to be exact. His name was George Alexander Jr. He hailed from Killeen, Texas. He was 34.

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Sgt. Alexander's death is as tragic and sad as the 1,999 that came before him, and as heartbreaking as the many that are surely still to come. In an earlier post, I wrote about the number 2,000 and how it only begins to scratch the surface of the terrible and unnecessary costs of this war. President Bush says we must honor the fallen by finishing the job in Iraq. The problem with that, um, 'plan', is that we still have no idea exactly what that job is, nor do we have any idea how to know when it's been accomplished. I wonder, will the president don a flight suit again to let us know?

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We mourn the sacrifice of every victim of this war: the 2,000 Americans killed, the 15,000 wounded, the 200 coalition casualties, and the countless number of Iraqi civilians killed and injured. We should remember that it didn't have to be this way.

And if you want to know what 2,000 looks like, watch this video.

We need new leadership, and we need it NOW. You can get out tonight to honor the sacrifices that have been made and to demand change. Find an event near you.

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