… and well into them.
The candidate was on Letterman and this is a piece of it (via Crooks & Liars):
Letterman: 4,000 American men and women soldiers dead since we went into Iraq. Another 30,000 wounded. Untold Iraqis dead. We rarely hear that number. What would that number be? A quarter of a million? Half a million?
McCain: It’s hard to make these estimates, but it’s in the hundreds of thousands, obviously.
Natch, the msm trots out conservative lackeys to laugh at the Lancet suggesting it’s 600,000. Wait, the president also dismissed it. Well, never mind.
If you accepted the Iraq Body Count: only the documented deaths, it would be the equivalent of the US losing a metro area in the mid-20′s, a place like Kansas City.
If you take McCain at his “obvious” word, a US equivalent would be killing the population of the state of Arizona. If the Lancet, then you’re talking tossing in New Mexico to round off the number.
So this would be the US map after losing Arizona’s people and seeing about one-thirteenth of our population on the homeless trail (let’s take an assortment of the upper midwest and some plains states:
Two million dead? That’s about 7-8 percent of Iraq’s population. Texas would cover that estimate. Can you imagine if the Lone Star State just disappeared? Then factor in refugees by a million or two and consider the equivalent happening in the US. You’d have New York State’s population on the move.
I don’t know about you, but red state or blue, these maps would get me pretty angry if they were the reality imposed from the outside.