Thursday, February 02, 2006
Facts vs. Fiction: A Report from the Front
A great article examining facts about how we are doing in the GWOT. An intersting note...
In Iraq, 4 percent of our soldiers have been killed or wounded. Those losses are lower than we suffered in nine previous wars. The Civil War, Mexican War, War of Independence, Korean War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, and Philippine War were all half-again or more as costly as Iraq has been.
And this article goes on to answer the following questions:
- Has the Iraq war been too costly?
- Are our losses mounting?
- How is the morale of our soldiers holding up?
- But don’t American combat losses fall disproportionately on minorities and the poor?
- Why does it seem that progress is dreadfully slow?
- Why doe sthis war seem unpopular on the homefront?
- Where is some evidence that we’re making headway?
- Why do Iraqis seem so dissatisfied?
- Why does it seem that Iraqis don’t seem to do much for themselves?
- Are there signs of the Iraqis weaning themselves from dependence on the U.S.?
- Do average Iraqis support the insurgents?
- Hasn’t the Iraq war done irreparable damage to America’s image?
- Isn’t it a pipe dream to think we can introduce democracy to the Middle East?
- Why do I never hear any of this in most reporting?