There’s two new numbers to consider as the House holds a rigged debate on the Iraq war today.

One is 2,500. That’s the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq, released by the Pentagon today. In the fourth year of the conflict, there’s no end in sight.

The other number is 57. That’s the percentage of Americans who believe we should decrease the number of troops in Iraq. Even with Abu Musab Zarqawi’s capture, a majority of Americans are less than confident that Iraq will end well, and believe the war was a mistake.

53 percent of voters said Iraq was the top issue for them in the 2006 elections. Surely that number warrants more than ten hours of false debate.