Four years ago today, President Bush issued this challenge to the Iraqi insurgents:
There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on.
On July 2, 2003, just over 200 U.S. soldiers had died in Iraq. Today, the number stands at 3,583. In July 2003, Gallup reported that the number of Americans who believed things were going badly in Iraq had risen to 42 percent, up from 29 percent in June. Today, fully 77 percent of the American public believe the war is going badly.
VoteVets chairman Jon Soltz, an Iraq war veteran, writes about today’s anniversary:
If there’s anything positive that can come of it, let it be that on the blogs and in the media, we take today to recognize that four years ago today, the President proved just how out of touch he was with those of us in the military. Let us remember that since then, there’s been many more “Bring it on” days, and recognize that if we are ever to protect our troops and save our military, Congress absolutely must step in and rein in this inept and dangerous President who continually proves that he just doesn’t get it.