Saturday, January 19, 2008

MILITARY DEATHS FOR TWENTY YEARS

Bet you didn't know the following! I surely did not. The data comes from a Congressional Research Service Report titled, "American War and Military Operations Causalities: Lists and Statistics" published on June 29, 2007.

These are some rather eye-opening FACTS. Since the start of the war on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sacrifice has been enormous. In the time period from the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 through now, we have lost over 3000 military personnel to enemy action and accidents.

As tragic as the loss of any member of the US Armed Forces is, consider the following statistics.

The actual annual total fatalities of military members of all types (combat deaths, accidents, suicides, murders, natural causes, etc.) while actively serving in the armed forces from 1980 through 2006:

1980 ........ 2,392
1981 ........ 2,380
1984 ....... 1,999
1988 ....... 1,819
1989 ....... 1,636
1990 ....... 1,508
1991 ........ 1,787
1992 ........ 1,293----------------------------------------------------
1993 ........ 1,213
1994 ........ 1,075
1995 .........1,040
1996 ........ 974 President Clinton 8 years @ 8,035 deaths
1997 ........ 817
1998 ........ 827
1999 ........ 796 -------------------------------------------------
2000 ....... 758
2001 ........ 891
2002 ........ 999 President Bush 7 years @ 9,550 deaths
2003 ........ 1,228
2004 ........ 1,874
2005 ........ 1,942
2006......... 1,858 ------------------------------------------------------------

If you are confused when you look at these figures, so was I.

Do these figures mean that the loss from the two latest conflicts in the Middle East are only 1,515 more than the loss of military personnel during Mr. Clinton's presidency; when America wasn't even involved in a war? The answer is yes!

Our mainstream Print and TV media report these brave men and women, who are losing their lives in Iraq, are mostly Minorities! Wrong AGAIN!

The latest census of Americans shows the following distribution by Race:

European descent (White) .......69.12%
Hispanic ............................... 12.5%
Black..................................... 12.3%
Asian .................................... 3.7%
Native American ................ 1.0%
Other ................................... 2.6%

Here are the fatalities by Race over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom:

European descent (White) ..... 74.31%
Hispanic ...............................10.74%
Black ................................... 9.67%
Asian ................................... 1.81%
Native American ............... 1.09%
Other ................................... 3%

These statistics are published in a Congressional Research Service Report that may be found here.

6 comments:

Dave Latchaw said...

Your numbers do not match the numbers from the CRS report. Every year from 1995-2006, except 1997 is wrong. You have greatly inreased Clinton's numbers and reduced Bush II's. I'm sure this is unintentional. Please correct this.

normkuhman said...

I am sure you want the truth as I do so I checked the source CRS Report: Clinton 92-99 8035 T/Deaths, 1 Death due to Hostile Action, Bush 00-06 9550 T/Deaths, 3091 Deaths due to Hostile Action as of 2/9/2007. I see dave latchaw comment has been ignored since 1/21/2008.

TraumaMamma said...

What happened to 1983 amongst other years?

1983 holds a special place in my heart at that is when the Marine bunker was bombed in Lebanon and we GOT some of the wounded at Norfolk Naval Hospital where I was a corpsman.

So, why aren't the deaths from some years reported? Oh, because Reagan was the president back then?

This blog is nothing more than GOP propraganda!

Brandy said...

I'm sure you could also find the data for 2007 somewhere, although that would inflate the numbers of dead under Bush II's reign.

This report you cite doesn't seem to add up. If there were fewer than 1,000 accidental deaths, and nearly no combat deaths, how did these other soldiers die?

And note that somehow, during these last few years, the accidental deaths have dropped, yet the total number of dead has steadily risen.

Yes, soldiers die for other reasons than combat, that is just life. The problem with these last 5 years is that there were so many combat deaths that should not have occurred. And those deaths ARE Bush II's fault, totally and directly.

And I'm with Traumamomma, WHY DID YOU LEAVE 1983 OFF YOUR MAGIC LIST? I knew most of those Marines, served with them, and mourn them still. You disrespect them by ignoring their sacrifice.

Troy said...

A better comparison would be to look at numbers of losses in other wars.
I am a contractor, 31 yr Navy vet, more than 3 years in Iraq/Afghanistan, but truth is enough without exaggerating. Looks like we lost more in any two weeks of WW2 than the entire Iraq war.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/deaths.asp
Troy Caffey

John I said...

Debunked:
http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/did_more_soldiers_die_during_bill_clintons.html
-j