4000 Peeps

Meet Joe Peep:

Large Peep

Great Peep, Joe Peep.

Comes from a hard working family (the Peeps, duh).

He loves his country.

Joe graduated from high school in the late 90’s during a time of peace and prosperity in America. Rather than hearing about war on the nightly news, people discussed blue dresses. Seriously, that was the news of the time.

So when Joe was trying to figure out how to pay for college, joining the National Guard seemed like a smart call. The Berlin Wall came down when Joe was in grade school, the Soviet Union was dead and we were now friends with Russia. The Word Trade Center was bombed by some religious radicals in 1993, but the perpetrators were captured, tried, and convicted for their crimes in 1994 and 1997.

It seemed pretty clear to Joe that any time he spent overseas would be serving on peace keeping missions.

And is Joe was asked to fight, he’d be ready to do so since he believed the Commander in Chief would have a damn good reason send troops to battle.

So Joe joined the guard. He went to boot camp, missed his girlfriend, but enjoyed meeting new people. Sure enough, the Guard helped pay for college, and Joe earned a degree. His degree helped him land a great job and start a career that he couldn’t have dreamed of without the financial assistance he received from the National Guard.

But then 9/11 happened, which somehow justified attacking a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Joe was called up and sent to Iraq, where Joe’s life ended in a Humvee near Baghdad.

Joe Peep’s story is one of 4000 that have come to an end to date.


4000 Soldiers:

3 thoughts on “4000 Peeps”

  1. Fantastic post. It’s amazing how a visualization of what 4000 looks like makes things so much more real.

    Reminds me a bit of the work of Chris Jordan.

  2. Soldiers take an oath to obey the orders of the president. They fight in all wars they are ordered to fight, not just the one they “signed up for” or the ones with which they agreed politically. But you’ve never been a soldier, so you wouldn’t know that, would you? Oh, but you know some soldiers…just like Obama.

    I served in Clinton’s “war of choice” in Kosovo. Soldiers serve where they are told to serve, and our President and Congress said to go to Iraq.

    The Iraq War had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks and no one ever said it did. After 9/11, we declared war on terrorism everywhere in the world it reared its ugly head. Iraq, Iran, and North Korea had been on the State Department list of State Sponsors of Terrorism throughout the Clinton Administration. In 1998, Clinton bombed Iraq and signed the Iraq Liberation Act. At no time before January 20, 2001 did Clinton declare Iraq WMD-free. He claimed up until a year after the Iraq War began that he still believed they had WMD.

    No one was “misled”; Congress voted with every scrap of information from the CIA available to them in classified chambers. The fact of the matter is that most of the Democrats didn’t even bother to read the information. They were caught in a political vice, and they just waited for the opportunity to blame Bush for their political cowardice. Those who voted against the war were no better informed.

    BTW, the Iraq War has the lowest rate of soldiers killed per day of combat and per soldier-served than any war in US history.

    While the Iraq War has cost us fewer than 2.3 soldiers per day, World War I cost us 279 soldiers per day.

    I guess you ran out of peeps for the millions of people Saddam Hussein murdered over his 40 year reign. How many more peeps would we need if sanctions had been lifted and he remained in power?

  3. Thanks for sharing your perspective, POW. Were you a POW, or are you using a label that doesn’t really apply to your military history?

    Kosovo seems to have worked out well. Few lives lost. Relatively cheap. Peace is cheaper than war.

    If you’re suggesting that not serving overseas doesn’t make someone qualified to have an opinion about the use of US troops, I wonder how you can support someone like George W Bush.

    I think you should take a look at how George, Condi, Dick, and Donald tied Iraq to 9/11. Combine that with how FOX covered the story. Why do so many people on the right think there is a connection if it wasn’t for people in their party and their party’s preferred media framing of Iraq to 9/11?

    Dean Barkley said in last night’s Minnesota state Senate debate that the Pentagon may have lied to him when he was briefed on threats as a Senator.

    Are you honestly suggesting that the only alternative to invading was to lift sanctions and allow Hussein to remain in power? I hope you have the maturity to realize that there were other options than the straw man you’ve set up.

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