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US Toll In Afghanistan Hits 2,000, Media Yawns

From a strangely unfazed Associated Press:

US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 after 11 years of war

By Patrick Quinn | Mon October 1, 2012

KABUL – U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that now garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014.

It garners little interest at home because our media guardians do not report it. And they do not report it because they think it will hurt Obama with his base.

The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police — supposed allies — against American and NATO troops.

Afghan troops have gunned down at least 52 US and Nato soldiers just so far this year. Yet the AP calls this "a spate."

That has raised troubling questions about whether countries in the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan will achieve their aim of helping the government in Kabul and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years.

The troubling question is whose side is the Afghan government on?

On Sunday, a U.S. official confirmed the latest death, saying that an international service member killed in an apparent insider attack by Afghan forces in the east of the country late Saturday was American. A civilian contractor with NATO and at least two Afghan soldiers also died in the attack, according to a coalition statement and Afghan provincial officials. The U.S. official spoke on condition of anonymity because the nationality of those killed had not been formally released…

They are probably American.

Meanwhile, compare and contrast the lack of interest in this tragic milestone to the attention the 2,000th death in Iraq got back in 2005, when our news media and the rest of the Democrat Party were trying to use the Iraq War in their bid to win control of Congress.

It was so blatant, even the New York Times noticed back in 2005:

At 2,000, Iraq’s Military Deaths Got the Media’s Full Attention

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE | October 31, 2005

When the death toll of Americans in Iraq reached 1,000 back in September 2004, The Omaha World-Herald ran a respectful article in a single column down the right side of its front page. "A grisly milestone reached in Iraq," read the headline.

Last week, by contrast, when the roster of American dead reached 2,000, The World-Herald displayed that stark number in large type at the center of its front page, above an article and three photographs showing the war’s human toll, including a bank of tombstones.

Other papers, too, that had dutifully acknowledged the first 1,000 dead seemed to give greater emotional weight to the loss of the second 1,000. Single columns gave way to feature layouts. Roll calls of names were supplemented with pictures, ages and hometowns. Elaborate graphics and maps charted the who, when, where and how. Writers wrestled with the why.

"Military toll tops 1,000," The Boston Globe’s headline reported last time. For the second 1,000, the approach was more personal: "Grieving families find little peace."

Television – where a new survey found that coverage of the war has diminished – also seemed to give fuller expression last week to the 2,000 mark than it had to the 1,000.

How to explain the difference? Highlighting deaths during war can be perceived as a political statement, as Lincoln learned when he was accused of playing on people’s emotions with the Gettysburg Address. Were editors last week trying to compensate for having ignored Iraq lately? Was it a reaction to the growing scale of casualties, though the numbers are still small by the standards of other wars? Or was it implicit criticism of the war itself? …

No, it was our media’s attempt to turn the country against the war and against Bush.

Meanwhile, we have another report, from Reuters:

At least 14 killed in suicide attack on NATO patrol in Afghanistan

by Elyas Wahdat | Mon October 1, 2012

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 14 people, including three NATO soldiers and four police, and wounded 37 in Afghanistan’s volatile eastern Khost province on Monday, a NATO spokeswoman and local officials said. Six civilians and an Afghan interpreter also died in the attack.

A witness told Reuters a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform struck as U.S. soldiers patrolled the city of Khost. A NATO spokeswoman confirmed only that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Provincial Governor Abdul Jabar Nahimi said the bomber had been riding a motorcycle packed with explosives and 37 civilians were wounded in the blast.

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility…

Again, these "NATO soldiers" are almost certainly Americans.

And this from the Associated Press:

Wave of bombings across Iraq leaves 26 dead

By LARA JAKES | Sun September 30, 2012

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of coordinated bombings shattered Shiite neighborhoods and struck at Iraqi security forces Sunday, killing at least 26 in attacks that one official described as a rallying call by al-Qaida just days after dozens of militants escaped from prison.

The blasts brought September’s death toll from sectarian violence to nearly 200 people – a grim, above-average monthly total for the period since U.S. troops left last year. The steady pace of attacks has worked to undermine confidence in the government

But Obama told us once again over the weekend that Osama is dead and Al Qaeda has been defeated. Unfortunately, it is looking more and more like it’s the US that has been defeated, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. And in the region in general.

Largely, thanks to Mr. Obama.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, October 1st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “US Toll In Afghanistan Hits 2,000, Media Yawns”

  1. GetBackJack

    Too saddening to make comment. We have idiots in charge of the militar, (General Allen “I’m really mad about this”) idiots in the press and idiots in political leadership.

    And I ain’t real sure about the rest of you ….

    (wink)

  2. canary

    Add another 3 U.S. Troops dead. 17 injured. Not counting yesterday’s that FOX listed, though the media has not been giving daily counts.

    The media isn’t showing the number of U.S. troops that died under Obama’s 3 1/2 years is 4 times the number of U.S. troops that died under Bush.

    It was in the media Obama’s first year the number of U.S. troops started doubled from the 2008 in Afghanistan alone.
    .

    Bush

    2001: 4
    2002: 20
    2003 17
    2004 24
    2005 66
    2006 65
    2007 83
    2008 133

    “““““
    Obama

    2009 268

    (for Obama: we are withdrawing from Afganistan. For 8 months Obama ignored “help! help!” we need more troops. Serving tea and biscuits and building toilets isn’t working and you are putting our soldiers in harm’s way )

    2010 440
    2011 367
    2012 300 with 3 months left to go




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