Last day of the calendar year. U.S. military deaths in Iraq reached 3,000 according to Yahoo News.
Calendar is an arbitrary number. It could start anywhere. 3,000 deaths is also an arbitrary number, interesting as a number only because it rolls over from 2,999 to 3,000 by merely adding 1. But some family in Spring, Texas will now have to deal with the grief of this death, as have 2,999 others. Each body bag is its own story. The number 1 that is added to the previous total ignores that full, human story.
Still, the "Decider" is procrastinating about what decision he will make that will allow him to take credit for winning the war.