Since Clintons Left Office Fewer Soldiers Kill Themselves

Nuance?
Since the liberal media is now making soldier suicide their latest talking point against the war, it’s only fair that we take a look at the real picture.

Last week the mainstream media reported that:

“US Army soldiers are committing suicide at the highest rates in 26 years, as last year 99 active troops committed suicide.”

To liberals, this was another reason America should declare defeat in Iraq.

But, lets take a closer look at the numbers:

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From page 11 of the CRS Report to Congress (pdf)
-Hat Tip BG

If you look at the numbers you see that the total official number of suicides in the military last year was 155. If you look further you see that there are less suicides in the military today than during the Clinton years!

What do you suppose drove our soldiers to commit suicide while the Clintons were in office?
And, how will the media explain this?

And… US soldiers are also less likely to commit suicide than the general population.
Poynter Online reported:

The 17/100,000 rate is right on track with what the rate is for all males in the United States…

When you consider that most serving in Iraq are young, you might find that the suicide rate among those serving in Iraq could be even less than their peers in the general population. The suicide rate for 20 to 24-year-old males in the United States is 20/100,000 [pdf].

Flopping Aces has more on these suicide numbers.

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