Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bloody October in Iraq

Ending the deadliest month for the U.S. military in almost a year, the Department of Defense announced Monday that seven more American troops have been killed in Iraq. All were killed by "improvised explosive devices," or IEDs, that have been growing in their sophistication as the insurgency strengthens.

"We see an adversary that continues to develop some sophistication on very deadly and increasingly precise stand-off type weapons — IEDs, in particular," said Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita.

The most recent losses bring the October death toll for the U.S. military to 92, the highest monthly total since January, when 106 American service members died.

In his Saturday radio address, President Bush continued to promote his stay-the-course message for Iraq. "The best way to honor the sacrifice of our fallen troops is to complete the mission and win the war on terror," said Bush.

I'm sure most of our service members would agree with that. They would probably love to get the hell out of Iraq so they can actually go fight the real war on terror.

But that's not what they're really doing -- is it?