Americans Don’t Know How Many U.S. Soldiers Have Been Killed in Iraq

by jhwygirl

A Pew Institute survey, results released March 12th, shows that American’s awareness in the number of American military casualties in Iraq is slipping.

The number of American military deaths, as of Sunday evening, is 4039. The total number of coalition deaths is 4348.

The number of American military deaths on August 7th, 8 1/2 months ago, was 3684.

How can we be so far removed from the reality of the war in Iraq that we are unaware – to the tune of only 28% being able to cite “4000” – of the number of American sons and daughters that have been killed in a war built on lies?

Could it be that the media coverage of the war is dropping? That biased media coverage?

Well, maybe so. That same survey tells us that press attention to the war has dropped to an all-time low of just 3% in February. The overall coverage, from January 1st through March 20th, is 4%.

Coinciding with the drop in war coverage is an increase in the number of Americans who think that military progress is being made in Iraq.

What does this mean?

It means McCain is walking on a free pass with the media’s lack of focus on the war. It means that journalists get away with asking questions about Drudge Report allegations and flag pins. It means that the beverage of choice (Crown Royal or green tea anyone?) is more important than the national debt.

The national debt? Nearing $6,000,000,000,000.

How about some war costs?
The cost of the Iraq war? Nearing $515,000,000,000.
The daily cost of the Iraq war? $314,400,000.
The cost of the Iraq war, per household? $4,681.

The cost to the entire state of Montana? $790,000,000.

Meanwhile, in other news, McCain has vowed a war on wasteful spending.

Given the evidence of the media’s output on that topic, and McCain’s expert grasp on economic issues, one has to wonder if he even knows what in the hell he’s actually talking about.

(Hat tip to hummingbirdminds.)

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  1. Although Gen. Tommy Franks said the U.S. military doesn’t “do body counts” certain news-gathering organizations do, and I publish them every day at http://www.darkacres.com

  2. To say those figures are unsettling is a huge understatement. Thanks for posting this.

  3. mayor of mayhem

    OK, to say Americans don’t know how many Americans have been killed would be too kind. What really needs to be said is they might not want to know. The realization, that as Americans, we have allowed our government to invade a country that was no threat to us and in doing so caused 4000 American deaths and THOUSANDS of SERIOUSLY wounded American troops not to mention as many as 1/2 a million Iraqi civilian deaths, may just be to much for most soccer moms to take. I have a family member that has returned from Iraq in apparent good health, only to find out later that they will never be the same. This is especially disturbing to the son of a Vietnam conflict veteran who has watched a father fight that war over and over again for the last 40 years. The cost to our country for this war will be paid for the next fifty years. Not by those who who gave all, their sacrifice and that of their families is immeasurable. The long term cost of caring for physically injured and mentally effected US servicemen will be a heavy load for US families to carry. Say a prayer tonight for the 19 year old North Dakota farm boy walking through an alley in Bagdad or the twenty six year old sergeant and father of two from Los Angeles on duty in Fallujah.

    There is a fire burning in the middle east and the fuel for that fire is our children.

  4. Greg

    FDR led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.

    Truman finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,333 per year.

    John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.

    Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average of
    5,800 per year.

    Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia never attacked us. He was
    offered Osama bin Laden’s head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has
    attacked us on multiple occasions.

    In the years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, removed the Taliban from power, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Lybia, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We’ve lost 4000 soldiers, an average of 500 a year. Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home. Worst president in history? Only if you studied the new math.

    Onl

  5. Jim Lang

    Let me get this straight, Greg – you think going to war against Hitler was wrong? That’s the basis of your argument?

  1. 1 From the VA: “Shh, 1000 Attempted Suicides per Month.” « 4&20 blackbirds

    […] Mayor of Mahem, commenting on a previous post, Americans Don’t Know How Many U.S. Soldiers Have Been Killed in Iraq, explained to us the reality he already knows: …I have a family member that has returned from Iraq in apparent good health, only to find out later that they will never be the same. This is especially disturbing to the son of a Vietnam conflict veteran who has watched a father fight that war over and over again for the last 40 years. The cost to our country for this war will be paid for the next fifty years. Not by those who who gave all, their sacrifice and that of their families is immeasurable. The long term cost of caring for physically injured and mentally effected US servicemen will be a heavy load for US families to carry. Say a prayer tonight for the 19 year old North Dakota farm boy walking through an alley in Bagdad or the twenty six year old sergeant and father of two from Los Angeles on duty in Fallujah. […]




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