For those of you who missed the U.N. report on Iraq last week, the casualty numbers are staggering. At least 50,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the invasion in 2003. Most troubling, an estimated 75 to 125 civilians are killed per day. And yesterday the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, made this statement:
“The security situation has got worse since the government took control… All the groups involved in terrorism have escalated bombings, kidnappings and other actions.”
Stay the course has always been empty rhetoric, but that has never been more true than today as violence continues to grow in Iraq. Saying things are going to get better defies logic. We should have never gone and it’s past time we left.