Christmas at Camp David, and Elsewhere

Two things caught my attention floating across the wire on this eve of Christmas Eve. This:

Christmas Day Lunch Menu at Camp David

Turkey with Giblet Gravy
Cornbread Dressing
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole
Pumpkin and Pecan Pies

[via White House Press Office]

And this:

December 23, 2006
AP: U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit 2,965 Saturday
The Associated Press

As of today, at least 2,965 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,377 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

The AP count is eight higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EST.

The British military has reported 126 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 18; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, six; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Romania, one death each.


The latest deaths reported by the military:
– A soldier was killed today southeast of Baghdad by an explosive.
– A soldier was killed today near Baghdad.