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For the first time in five months, month-to-month deaths in Iraq have increased.
As of today, 37 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq. That is the same number of troops that died in May of 2003, when President Bush smiled in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner and declared that major combat operations in Iraq were over.
That's two more than the number of deaths in May of 2005, when Vice-President Cheney insisted that the insurgency was in its "last throes."
That's six more than the number in March of 2006, when the President insisted that "Iraqis will continue to take more responsibility for their own security, and fewer U.S. forces will be needed to complete the mission."
And that's the same number as the number of American deaths in November of 2007, when, according to the President, the Iraqi government was supposed to "take responsibility for security in all of Iraq's provinces."
As the last several years have proven, military progress in Iraq is illusory without the political progress necessary for long-term stability. The President's strategy of using American troops as a compress works not to heal the underlying cultural and political wound, but only to stem the bleeding. A full blown civil war becomes a low-grade civil war. Instead of dozens of bodies found tortured and beheaded in Baghdad, there were only a dozen headless bodies found there yesterday. Regardless of the level of troops, one thing remains constant: without political progress, the violence continues, steady and horrific -- a nightmare by any other name.
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