Kill more civilians

Tommy Franks, the man who directed the Iraq invasion, once said, “we don’t do body counts.” He was referring to Iraqi deaths. After all, only American lives matter to the US establishment. Now, Franks says that death is a small price to pay for “security”:

Those who count the increasing number of American soldiers killed in Iraq are missing the bigger picture, retired Gen. Tommy Franks said Saturday night.

“What we’re talking about is neither 2,400, 24,000 or 240,000 lives,” Franks said at the National Rifle Association’s annual banquet. “Terrorism is a thing that threatens our way of life. It doesn’t have anything to do with politics.”

Franks praised Donald Rumsfeld as “an American patriot.” A man who advocates and supports the use of torture is clearly somebody to be respected. No wonder Australian Prime Minister John Howard feels so at home in Washington.

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