The enduring humor of dead brown people

So, no sooner does the administration finally begin to talk about the Iraqi dead than it downshifts into callous humor.

David Sirota excerpts from the president's press conference in Philly:

QUESTION: Since the inception of the Iraqi war, I'd like to know the approximate total of Iraqis who have been killed. And by Iraqis I include civilians, military, police, insurgents, translators.
THE PRESIDENT: How many Iraqi citizens have died in this war? I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis. We've lost about 2,140 of our own troops in Iraq. Yes.
QUESTION: Mr. President, thank you --
THE PRESIDENT: I'll repeat the question. If I don't like it, I'll make it up. (Laughter and applause.)
Good SHOW old chap! I do say you've taken this news rather well; no worse the wear; holding up well; yes yes...

Sickening. Sirota comments:
"The reason the president could laugh it up after telling us an NBA arena full of people had been killed is because he and the neoconservative advisers around him who pushed this war have never actually served in combat. Their closest experience to combat was likely seeing the first scenes of Saving Private Ryan..."
Susanhu, who excerpts the very same exchange, tells the numbing story of "John Holley and his wife Stacey [who] say that they were told by the military that their son's body -- the body of their only child -- would arrive 'as freight' at Lindbergh Field." (BoomanTribune & Sirotablog)

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