Death Counts & Memory Meltdown

TigerHawk absolutely rips into Juan Cole’s remedial math skills today. It’s funny how simple addition is hard for some elitists. Here is TigerHawk’s post:

Juan Cole “counts” civilian casualties in Iraq

How strange it is that there are people in our communities who are so eager for us to “lose” the War in Iraq… and are vocal about it?!!

Thank goodness there are soldiers like this one from The Mudville Gazette (via Instapundit):

Greyhawk particularly likes this explanation given by a soldier for why he reenlisted: …”because as I look around at the state of this nation and see all of the weak little pampered candy-asses that are whining about this or protesting that, I’d be afraid to leave the fate of this nation entirely up to them.”

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The US death toll in Iraq reached 2,000 today. A sad milestone for our country. Faces from the Front puts a face, a name and a story to the numbers we are hearing about this week. The War in Iraq will go down as one of the great military successes in U.S. history. As far as war casualties go, and as regrettable as they are, this has been a brilliant military campaign that the liberal democrat media refuses to recognize. Here is just one comparative statistic:

U.S. Casualties of War

Revolutionary War (1775-1783) 25,324 (3,165 deaths/year)
Mexican War (1846-1848) 13,283 (6,641 deaths/year)
Civil War (1861-1865) 562,130 (140,532 deaths/year)
World War I (1917-1918) 116,708 (58,354 deaths/year)
World War II (1941-1945) 408,306 (102,076 deaths/year)
Korean War (1950-1953) 54,246 (18,082 deaths/year)
Vietnam War (1957-1975) 58,219 (3234 deaths/year)
Operation Desert Storm (1991) 363 (363 deaths/year- took less than a year)
Iraq War (2003-2005) 2,000 (750 deaths/year)

To put more perspective on this number…

The casualty rate* in Iraq with BOTH the US Forces AND Iraqi Civilians COMBINED is equal to the murder rate in New Orleans!!

Maybe Cindy Sheehan was on to something when she said something about our troops and “occupied New Orleans”!

However, every life sacrificed is a loss to a family, a community and to our country. We are all indebted to these heroes and their families for their selfless and courageous work in keeping us safe and free!

In response to this grim milestone, Cindy Sheehan says that she is heading back to the White House and chaining herself to the fence. I say, leave her be… A couple of nights in the rain and wind and she’ll yearn for the hookah bars of Berkely.

Pennsylvanian in Exile has more statistics on how US cities compare to Iraq and it’s not very good!

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Also, yesterday the MSM reported that Katrina was not a racist hurricane and either were the relief efforts, after all. The casualty rate was equally divided and equally tragic.

(I had reported this a week ago.)

But, the facts won’t stop NPR from continuing to push “the racist lie”!

The City Journal has more on the Quagmire that was New Orleans before Katrina hit.

Hat Tip Larwyn

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The Anchoress reminds us today of the memory lapses of our democratic news media:

WMD Intel Pre-dated Bush

Apparently, Judith Miller is not the only one who was writing about Saddam’s arsenal. The Time cover is priceless!

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* Iraqi War Casualty Rate Calculations (US forces and Iraqi Civilians):

25,000 (high end of civilian qualities since May 2003)/2 (years in Iraq) = 12,500+ 827 (average loss per year-high end) US Casualties = 13,327/26,074,905 (Iraq population) = .05% Total Casualty Rate in Iraq per year(Iraqi civilian and US forces)

New Orleans Murder Rate:

265 (Murders in 2004– it was actually going to be higher this year before Katrina hit!)/ 484,684 (population before Katrina) = .05% Murder Rate in New Orleans

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