Statistics Lie -- Again
Déjà vu All over Again
Through the first 17 days of November 45 U.S. military personnel have died in Iraq. Four U.S. and one Austrian civilian have been kidnapped. At this pace, the 3,000th U.S. fatality will die on or about January 3, the day Congress reassembles.
General John Abizaid, Commander of U.S. Central Command, testified before Congress on Wednesday about Iraq and Afghanistan.
Later that day, General Mike Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Lieutenant General Mike Maples, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, also testified.
Read the short excerpts of the testimony presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Then look at the statistics for the month and since the fighting began in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Then see if you can answer the one question at the bottom.
“I remain optimistic that we can stabilize Iraq.”
“The key to stabilization is effective, loyal, nonsectarian Iraqi security forces coupled with an effective government of national unity.”
“Sectarian violence…[is] still at unacceptably high levels….But it’s not nearly as bad as it was back in August. And I am encouraged by that.”
“The longer this goes on, the less controlled the violence is, the more the violence devolves down to the neighborhood level.”
“Sectarian violence now presents the greatest immediate threat to Iraq’s stability an future.”
“I think we are making progress….I think we still have the opportunity for success.”
“The coalition forces right now are the element that is keeping Iraq together.”
Total U.S. Military Dead
U.S. Military Wounded
Coalition Military Dead
Total Indigenous SecurityForces Dead
Total Indigenous Civilian Dead
Estimated Excess Mortality from War
89 plus 35 support staff
U.S. Missing in Action
Number of Countries Originally in Coalition
Number of Countries still in Coalition
Average Number of Daily Attacks by Insurgents in January 2006
Number of U.S. Air strikes in last six months
Dollar Cost to Date of
Global “war” on Terror: $502 Billion
request for 2007: $127-160 Billion
Is this what you voted for last November 7th?