October proved a deadly month for US soldiers engaged in the war in Iraq. At least 103 US Soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanastan, with 99 of the deaths occurring in Iraq. The death toll is at its highest since January 2005. The surge in deaths occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which runs from late September until late October. An increase in deaths is also suspected to be the result of attempted over-taking of Baghdad. US Soldiers have been trying to win control in the city over death squads.

For Iraqis, the death toll has been even greater. An average of 43 Iraqis had died per day as of October 22. That’s a total of 907, killed in war-related violence. The total death toll of Iraqis since the war began is staggering, as is the number of US soldiers who have been killed. The number of US military deaths in Iraq exceeds 2,800, a number that should have everyone’s attention.

Though Bush has dropped his use of the phrase, ‘Stay the course’, he is not enteraining thoughts of withdrwaing troops from the area. Bush still adamnently claims that the US will stay in Iraq until the job is finished. However, the White House reported that it never had a, ‘stay the course’ strategy, yet another perfect example of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.

The White House says the Iraqi government is the one who must step up and be more responsible for its’ own security. The White House failed to mention how Iraq is supposed to do this or when US Troops will finish their ‘stay of the course’ in Iraq. Senator Joseph Binden, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said it best:the time is coming when the American public will no longer tolerate lives and money “being poured down a rathole because, in fact, we’re in the middle of a civil war”.’

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