At least, that's the apparent message from one "Major Chaz," who receives a favourable link from the dimwits over at Little Green Dumbfucks. Writes Major Chaz, in an effort to discredit the Left's protests over those very deaths:
The MSM is starting to gear up (and the anti-war left has been ready for a while) to present us with the story of "the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq".
Which is, as I'm sure you can appreciate, quite the milestone given Commander Chimpy's historical claim of "Mission Accomplished." (Man, that seems like such a long time ago, doesn't it?) Anyway, to continue with Major Chaz (sadly, verbatim):
Unfortunately, this story is bogus for a few different reasons. Please keep in mind I am military, and none of that which follows is to make light of any of the deaths not matter what column they fall into, but rather to point out that those that make hay about this milestone, and actually celebrating it to further their own cause.
Good, good ... Major Chaz is being totally predictable in accusing the Left of "celebrating" this milestone, despite the fact that it's a total lie. And make sure you understand that Major Chaz is telling you that in no way is he going to make light of these deaths, despite the fact that he proceeds to do just that:
First, being in the military is a high-risk enterprise, even when you are not in combat. Humvees roll over, helicopters crash, people commit suicide, people get hit by vehicles. People die.
Ah, so shit happens, that's how it works, so can you all please just chill out a little bit and not get quite so cranked up over this? Besides (emphasis added):
But only slightly more than 1500 have actually died from hostile fire. More than 400 military members have died due to non-combat causes. And not all of the almost 2000 total deaths have actually happened in Iraq. It is not well known that if a military member dies anywhere in the AOR, on orders for OIF, his/her death is counted towards "the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq".
And there you have it. Unless you actually took a bullet on-site, or had your head blown off by an IED somewhere in Iraq proper, your death doesn't count. I mean, all this yapping about 2,000 deaths and, really, it's barely more than 1500 if you count them correctly, so can all you whiners please just take a pill and get some perspective? I mean, really.
P.S. You know it's just a matter of time before some complete wank blogs something like, "Did you see what that Canadian Cynic guy wrote? That he just doesn't give a shit about the American troops killed in Iraq. 'Fuck em,' he said!"
Give it time. You know it's coming.