Tuesday, October 25, 2005

2000 Dead Americans

Well, what do you now. They were right. At least according to what's in the media.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


So at today's Progress Meeting, the number crunchers announced there would be 2000 dead US soldiers by next week. We'll see.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Quantifiable Targets

"No" I said.
1002 loked pained. He's 086's right-tentacled entity for issues like these, and I've known him since 1805, when we worked on the Nelson assassination together. It's not easy arranging an entire naval battle to get one person killed, I tell you.
"I'm sorry" he said, "but there's no escape. Every team leader has to put forward three targets for 2006 against which progress can be measured. Getting back to Lyra falls outside the time horizon."
I groaned. "I'll see what I can do."
One day I'll murder the Lyran who invented Powerpoint.

Monday, October 10, 2005

...But They Don't Seem to Care.

Actually, things may not be as bad as all that. It really looks as though the casualties in Iraq simply haven't registered. This is fine by us, of course, because we need the US there for at least another two years to bankrupt the economy. If you believe 2143 (and not many do) the optimum casualty rate for the US per year is about 800 - any more and the pressures for withdrawal will start to mount. Any fewer, and they might declare the job done and leave anyway. Funny business politics.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

More Dead Americans

So we're taking bets here on when the US death toll in Iraq will top 2000. I've got November 12th. We'll see. Meanwhile, of course, there's a lot of worry the US will simply up and run, which would be disastrous. We've got the Washington clones working overtime trying to stop it.