Sunday, November 28, 2004

Close to 21,000 American casualties so far

Does anyone really believe that there are fewer terrorists targeting the U.S. today than there were two years ago, before we invaded Iraq?

And if you don't believe that we're safer now, do you really feel confident claiming that the 20,802 American casualties so far have been worth it?


zachawry said...

Your post is misleading, although it's hard to say if it's intentional or not. Those 20,000 casualties (which includes injuries, although most people assume it means deaths) also includes Afghanistan, even though you only mention Iraq.

Unless you also feel that going into Afghanistan was a mistake, conflating the Afghanistan casualty figures with the Iraq ones to make a point about the pointlessness of Iraq is just a tad disingenuous.

rmockler said...

Fair enough comment by Zak, but there are obviously varying reports about casualties. A few months back, John McLaughlin, not exactly know for his left-wing views, said this: "U.S. military dead in Iraq, 1,008; women, 24; Hispanics, 122; blacks, 131. U.S. military amputees, wounded, injured and psychologically disabled, 27,100; Iraqi civilians dead, 20,300." The tanscript is here: