Four years ago today, President Bush invited Iraqi insurgents to attack U.S. forces. He said, recklessly,
There are some who feel like — that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring’em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.
It’s bad enough that he callously dismissed the results of these attacks, but perhaps even worse is how wrong he was in the assertion that “we’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.” In the annals of being grotesquely mistaken, that statement is up near the top.
The National Security Network reports,
It has been four years since the President declared “bring’em on” in response to the budding insurgency in Iraq. Since that statement, more than 3,300 American troops have been killed and 25,000 have been wounded. Iraqi civilians have suffered tremendously, with four million fleeing their homes and an estimated 35,000 killed. The security situation has only deteriorated further, with the initial insurgency morphing into multiple civil wars and sectarian violence. Incredibly, there are more American troops in Iraq today than were there four years ago when the President made his reckless declaration.
You know what we need to bring on? November 2008.