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by mcjoanThu Jan 03, 2008 at 03:35:31 PM PST

So it's 2008 and tonight the voting starts to elect a new president. But it might as well be 2004, or 2005, 2006, or 2007 in Iraq.

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Three US soldiers have been killed in Iraq, the US military announced on Thursday, making them the first American casualties of the new year....

[And lest we forget]...The year 2007, however, proved the deadliest year for the US military since the invasion, with at least 896 soldiers killed.

Condolences for the families of those three soldiers, and for the 896 who start the new year bereft. And for all of the 3,907 families who will have a hole in their lives for as long as they live.

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Unfortunately, we've pretty much passed the point that this Congress can effectively do anything to end the Iraq debacle. Bush got his wish, and the war won't end on his watch. But the next president must end it, and it has to be our job to make that happen.

So whoever emerges victorious from the next few weeks of voting, you're on notice. Iraq still matters. And those 3,907 lives matter. The life of every single soldier who manages to make it home matters, more than anything else.

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