Iraq Death Toll
New York Daily News — Terrible Tally: 800 U.S. Deaths In Iraq War
America is about to pass – or may already have passed – another sad milestone in Iraq: 800 dead soldiers.
The Pentagon’s official death toll, usually a few days behind the actual number, stood at 797 yesterday. But a reliable count maintained at the lunaville.org Web site, which monitors news reports and compares them with the Pentagon’s running tally, put the real number at 803.
Showing just how disproportionate the U.S. sacrifice is in Iraq, the total number of deaths for the other countries in the Iraq coalition is 110.
Certainly, 800 deaths is substantial. It’s four times what I had predicted beforehand (I was low for the regime change phase but didn’t anticipate the scope of the insurgency/terrorist aftermath). Each one of these deaths is a personal tragedy, leaving behind a lot of mourners.
But let’s have a little perspective, shall we?
Source: History News Network
As the data show, 800 deaths pales in comparison with almost every war we’ve ever fought. And, certainly, one doesn’t want to take the disproportionate American deaths argument too far when one looks at the two World Wars. We lost many times 800 in both the Mexican War and the Spanish-American War, the rationales for which are long forgotten by most.
Indeed, there are perhaps dozens of battles in American history in which we took more than 800 deaths. A very few examples:
Antietam: 3620 killed (23,110 dead and wounded)
Pearl Harbor: 2,403
Iwo Jima: nearly 7,000
Bataan Death March: credible estimates vary widely from 7,000 to nearly 10,000
D-Day: approximately 2500
Not to mention:
- 9/11/01: 3,021
(Note: Estimates vary widely for some of these battles; I’ve chosen representative numbers and given hyperlinks.)