Thursday, June 22, 2006

Today In History: Iraq vs WW II

I think it's important to compare what a competent war time president accomplished against two world powers versus what our current president has accomplished against a tin pot dictator and a few "deadenders."

Today is the 1188th day of the Iraq War. On the 1188th day of WWII what happened? From

On the Western Front... Bonn and Godesberg are captured by units of US 1st Army while others continue to expand the bridgehead over the Rhine River, at Remagen, where Erpel is captured. Farther south, toward Koblenz, US 3rd Army units reach the Rhine at Andernach.

And in the Pacific:

Over Japan... During the night (March 9-10), 279 low flying US B-29 Superfortress bombers drop 1667 tons of napalm and oil bombs on Tokyo. The resulting firestorm devastates 26 square kilometers of built-up area, killing some 84,000; injuring 102,000 and leaving roughly one million homeless. There are similar raids on Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe. Japanese civil defenses are unable to cope.

And today in Iraq...The Army has raised the age limit from 40 to 42 for recruits to battle decreasing enlistment. This isn't your father's Army, not yet at least, but tell him to stay by the phone.

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