The number of American soldiers killed in Iraq as of today. Which is why the troops are demoralized.
And this Times Union editorial hits it on the head....
It's closer to impossible to take note of the 3,000 casualties and not realize that's more than the Sept. 11 attacks, horrific events in their own right that President Bush cravenly and disingenuously tried to use as a rationale for invading Iraq almost four years ago. Some 95 percent of those deaths have come since the United States had supposedly won the war, but not the peace, barely a month after it invaded Iraq in early 2003.
And it's especially difficult to even try to absorb the larger meaning of 3,000 lost lives, of mostly very young soldiers, when Mr. Bush can't bring himself to dispell speculation that he wants to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, from a current level of 140,000, before he goes about bringing them home.
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