Monday, January 01, 2007


Putting The Iraq Numbers In Perspective

As you no doubt have heard, the US death toll in Iraq has now reached 3,000. In a world where we are inundated by numbers everyday from poll numbers to the stock market to sports scores and test scores, it may be tempting to view this as just another statistic. But to the families of those 3,000 soldiers, it's much more than just another statistic. So in an attempt to put this major debacle into some perspective, I thought it might be worth looking at some of these numbers a little more closely.

I'd like to look at three numbers in particular.

3,000 is obviously the number of US casualties in Iraq, but let's put that in perspective. 3,000 is:

350,000,000,000 is the current cost of the war. Put into perspective, that number is:

1,383 is the number of days that we have been in Iraq as of January 1, 2007. For a family of four, this equals:

And what do we have to show for all of this?

Just one debacle after another and a tarnished image the world over.

So when Bush addresses the nation later this month to announce his plans for "A New Way Forward," remember what we've accomplished so far. And know that a "surge" in troops is nothing more than more troops doing the same thing they've been doing for the last 1,383 days.

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