The soulless media is practically celebrating the 2000th death of an American soldier in Iraq. First, it downplays the exact same sacrifice that every other soldier has or is willing to make. Why didn't the 1999th soldier receive front-page treatment... was his sacrifice not good enough? Does the family of the 2000th really want to see his picture casually displayed on most US newspapers?
Two, it makes it seem as if the 2000 number is a failure, when I am aware of no actual war that resulted in the actual occupation of a nation in which 2000 was not quickly surpassed. Heck, more people probably die due to falling pianos each year than has died in Iraq. Callous, yes, but a heck of a lot more honest than the media.
Three, its bad strategy. I really do hate how these self described "patriots" who dislike war fail to realize or actively ignore the fact that the only positive way to exit Iraq is through the establishment of a stable democracy. To do otherwise would be to sign the death warrant of a large segment of the Iraqi population, which these "patriots" don't seem to care much about. As such, their constant complaints and ridicule of the administration, the government, and the military do nothing more than provide hope and moral support to the enemy. Why should they stop fighting when they hear a large segment of the US wants to just give up and hand over Iraq, and the Middle East, to them?
I really don't care about how "patriotic" you think you are, but I do care about how your ignorance and stupidity affects my nation.