Thursday, February 22, 2007

Today's Dirty Little Secret

Brought to you in a NY Sun article by Alicia Colon.

Da munny schot:

The total military dead in the Iraq war between 2003 and this month stands at about 3,133. This is tragic, as are all deaths due to war, and we are facing a cowardly enemy unlike any other in our past that hides behind innocent citizens. Each death is blazoned in the headlines of newspapers and Internet sites. What is never compared is the number of military deaths during the Clinton administration: 1,245 in 1993; 1,109 in 1994; 1,055 in 1995; 1,008 in 1996. That's 4,417 deaths in peacetime but, of course, who's counting?


Of course, as Murdoc points out, there were more troops under Clinton before he gutted the military.

This is, of course very informative and counter to nearly everything you hear on a daily basis, but don't forget that the militaries under Carter, Reagan, and Bush I were significantly larger than today's force. Of course, you could also make the argument that the gutting of the military under Clinton set the stage for too few "boots on the ground" in 2003 and beyond, which critics often claim is a contributing factor to the struggle to get the violence under control in the aftermath of the invasion.

Murtha isn't the only rump ranger in the government....

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