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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Desert Nine

Almost 25 years ago, a crash in the Iranian desert killed eight Americans and wounded five others. It was huge news, and it probably cost Jimmy Carter his presidency.

Today, a Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, killing at least nine. Back on January 27, a Super Stallion helicopter crashed in Iraq, killing 31 Americans. In November, 2003, 17 US soldiers were killed when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed.

While the Desert One operation ended up totally FUBAR, it at least had a clear mission--free the hostages. Why U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the criminal idiot remains in the White House, is not clear at all.

[Update 2:53 pm] At least 16 died in today's helicopter crash.