Thursday, July 08, 2004

Facts about Iraq.

Listening to a program on WPR this morning, the guest cited the website she was representing so I decided to check it out. Here are some incredibly interesting statistics regarding the big mistake that is the war in Iraq. These facts come from The Institute for Policy Studies. Feel free to be outraged.

-Total number of coalition military deaths between the start of war and June 16, 2004: 952 (836 U.S.)

-Of those 952, the number killed after President George W. Bush declared “an end to major combat operations” on May 1, 2003: 693

-Number of U.S. troops wounded in combat since the war began: 5,134 (Number ill or injured in “non-combat” incidents estimated to be over 11,000)

-Number of U.S. troops wounded in combat since President George W. Bush declared “an end to major combat operations” on May 1, 2003: 4,593

-Number of civilian contractors, missionaries, and civilian workers killed: 50-90

-Number of international media workers killed: 30

-Iraqi civilians killed: 9,436 to 11,317

-Iraqi civilians injured: 40,000 (est.)

-Iraqi soldiers and insurgents killed prior to May 1, 2003: 4,895 to 6,370

-The bill so far: $126.1 billion

-Additional amount to cover operations through 2004: $25 billion

-What $151 billion could have paid for in the U.S.:

>Housing vouchers: 23 million

>Health care for uninsured Americans: 27 mil.

>Salaries for elementary school teachers: 3 mil.

>New fire engines: 678,200

>Head Start slots: 20 million

-Estimated long-term cost of war to every U.S. household: $3,415

-Amount contractor Halliburton is alleged to have charged for meals never served to troops and for cost overruns on fuel deliveries: $221 million

-Kickbacks received by Halliburton employees from subcontractors: $6 million

-Percentage of Americans who now feel that “the situation in Iraq was not worth going to war over.”: 54

-Percentage of Iraqis who said they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign troops left the country immediately: 55

-Percentage of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reporting low morale: 52

-Percentage of soldiers who said they would not re-enlist: 50

-Percentage of wounded unable to return to duty: 64

-Number of soldiers whose tours of duty have been extended by the Army: 20,000

-Percentage of reserve troops who earn lower salaries while on deployment: 30-40

-Fraction of National Guard troops among U.S. force now in Iraq: 1/3

-Percentage of U.S. police departments missing officers due to Iraq deployments: 44

-Effect on al Qaeda of the Iraq war, according to International Institute for Strategic Studies: “Accelerated recruitment”

-Estimated number of al Qaeda terrorists as of May 2004: 18,000 with 1,000 active in Iraq

-Percentage of Iraqis expressing “no confidence” in U.S. civilian authorities or coalition forces: 80

-Price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. in May 2004: more than $2

I don't know about you, but I think I'd rather spend my $3,415 on things that actually BENEFIT someone other than George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the Saudis...

I had to work 240.67 hours to give the government my share of the money they need to fund this war. What I find funniest about this is that the oil companies have gotten richer from us emptying our pockets to this war, but someone they just can't seem to pass the savings onto us. Supply and demand, right? Right....?


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