Three from Iraq

From Holden:

How many insurgents are fighting U.S. forces in Iraq? We don’t really know.

Adm. Lowell Jacoby told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday the insurgency is likely between 15,000 to 20,000-men strong.

Iraqi ministry of defense officials said late last year the insurgency probably numbers around 200,000, including those who provide active support to the fighters.

In November 2003, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. John Abizaid estimated the size of the then-fledgling insurgency at no more than 5,000 people.

We do know that the Army needs many more tourniquets.

The U.S. Army has ordered 172,000 tourniquets for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Baltimore Sun reported Friday.

Tourniquets won’t do a thing for you if you have a brain injury. Of course, neither will George Bush.

According to doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., 60 percent of the wounded soldiers coming back from Iraq have traumatic brain injuries.

Unfortunately, the Bush administration has recently completely zeroed out funding for the Federal TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury] Act, which provides exactly this kind of help.