March 23, 2008


That's the number of US soldiers that have died in Iraq as of March 23, 2008. Just days after the 5th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, the human cost of this war continues to ratchet up with no end in sight.

So what can we do? Well, one thing we can do is to back the Responsible Plan To End the War in Iraq put forward by Darcy Burner and a number of the progressive Democratic challengers and ask our representatives to back this plan as well. And don't miss David Neiwert's piece about how proud he is to have someone of Darcy's caliber leading this effort.

Posted by Mary at March 23, 2008 08:18 PM | Iraq | Technorati links |

Hmmmm... seems to me we had many a time during WWII where there were 9,000 soldiers killed PER MONTH. n Vietnam he "death toll", was about 4,000/yr. Soldiers die in war. What's your point?

Posted by: Dave at March 23, 2008 10:38 PM

For every U.S. soldier who has died in Bush's war in Iraq, another twenty soldiers have 1) been injured, but not severely enough to warrant evacuation, instead being patched up at a field hospital and returned to duty, with their injury not being counted in the casualty total 2) been severely injured, requiring medical evacuation from Iraq, an injury that is included in the casualty total or 3) suffered mental trauma, that will haunt them for a long time, but since this is not a physical injury, is not included in the casualty total.

And my twenty estimate is low. I believe that, besides those of our brave soldiers who've been killed in Bush's insane war in Iraq, the total number of our nation's casualties far exceeds 100,000, especially when figuring in all the collateral casualties among members of families of our soldiers either killed or injured in Iraq.

And when one includes the criminal expenditure of so much of our nation's wealth on Bush's war in Iraq, money that could have been used to improve the standard of living of all U.S. citizens back in the states, then my estimate of collateral casualties of Bush's insane war in Iraq reaches into the millions.

Posted by: The Oracle at March 24, 2008 08:58 PM