Today, we surpassed 3,500 dead American troops in Iraq.

Who will be June’s 100 plus soldiers to pay the cost of Bush’s vanity war? Righties need not worry. You won’t see their caskets or funerals and you’re not likely to hear their stories or the stories of the pain and loss being felt by their families and friends.

Kevin Drum recently warned against focusing on troop deaths as part of the redeployment argument and urged a focus instead on broad national interest. I think understanding the costs of the war are critically important and can and should be considered as one part of the broader discussion against this war that also includes the detrimental impact it is having on our national interests.

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