Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Nearly 500,000 Purple Heart medals were manufactured in anticipation of the casualties resulting from the invasion of Japan. To the present date, all the American military casualties of the sixty years following the end of World War II — including the Korean and Vietnam Wars — have not exceeded that number. In 2003, there were still 120,000 of these Purple Heart medals in stock. There are so many in surplus that combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan are able to keep Purple Hearts on-hand for immediate award to wounded soldiers on the field.
Over 60 years of warfare and we haven't run out of them yet. Kind of makes the current, breathless news coverage of casualties seem a bit overblown.
Labels: Purple Heart Cache
Thanks for putting this in perspective. When you consider what we've accomplished, 3,563 dead and 26,129 injured is a small price to pay. And its not like any of them are my kids.
I also thought the breathless coverage of the 9/11 casualties seeded a bit overblown. I mean, look how many americans died in the Civil war.
if you think that Roger is downplaying the sad impact of even one casualty of the Iraq war, you are mistaken. Roger's comments are acridly pointed at the media hysteria regarding all that is bad, and none of what is good, regarding the Iraq war. ( and the good is certainly debateable depending upon one's slaant...) If this were NOT the case with the coverage, then Michael Yon would have been picked up by a network by now for his work.
And for even more perspective, the USA lost 60,000 soldiers in the month long battle for Iwo Jima.
Now some jerk might say, what’s the big deal, scores of cops and fireman died on 9/11, why make a big deal over the death of one firefighter? Or some jerk might say, this coverage is an example of media bias which has some motive to show how bad life is.
Fortunately, I don't know of such jerks. The vast majority of New Yorkers welcome such coverage, breathless or otherwise, to remind us of the risks our cops and firefighters take.
This is not the first time that Roger has tried to minimize the costs of the Iraq affair. This is what happens when you fight a war and don't ask the majority of the public to pay a price for that war. Its no big deal, its somebody else's kid.
The argument that the corporations who control the media are for some reason biased against our success in Iraq because NBC or CNN hasn't hired Michael Yon is a frivolous argument and not very convincing.
This is just like Viet Nam. We're at the point where no reasonable openminded person could deny that the invasion of Iraq was a bad idea, was not in our best interests, and has been incompetently conducted. Unfortunatly there are those who refuse to admit that they were wrong and thus are blaming everything on the media or creating annother stab in the back theory.
As if GE, Disney, the real estate interests that control the New York Times, ect, ect, are out their pushing some socilist agenda. If you believe that, I've got a nice bridge I'd like to sell you.
Boy, you're pulling out all of the weapons in the neocon arsenal. next you'll be saying that anyone who criticizes the conduct of the war is a traitor. Or, that those who don’t support the war effort are helping the enemy. Or if we don’t stop them over there, we’ll have to fight them over here.
Well, I might say that those who don’t support the war effort are helping the enemy, but only about you.