I’m very happy to be back from the Philadelphia area, dubbed “the City of Death” in 2007 for its high murder rate. Similarly, Michael M. Bates notes that in 2008, “homicides in Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago substantially exceeded the number of deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq”:
As the AP itself reported:
According to a tally by The Associated Press, at least 314 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq in 2008, down from 904 in the previous year.
And the Chicago Tribune reported today:
Chicago closed out the year with 509 homicides, an increase of about 15 percent over 2007. . .
Obama, of course, has characterized U.S. involvement in Iraq as a “complete failure” and advocates the withdrawal of our military. If Iraq’s a total failure, how does Obama view what’s taking place in his own hometown? Should America stop sending millions, possibly billions, of dollars in assistance to what is obviously a losing effort? It’d be a good question for the mainstream media to pose.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the legacy media to explore the topic, but Jonah Goldberg explores crime, terrorism and defining deviancy both up and down in his latest column.