Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Total # of U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars – 5,305

Total # of U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq and

Afghanistan Wars – 5,305

Well it has happened. Recently President Obama announced plans to deploy 30,000 additional troops in Afghanistan. This is extremely troubling but it is consistent with the statements that he made during the presidential campaign when he said that he would increase war efforts in Afghanistan.

In a new USA Today/Gallup Poll, only 36% said the decision to send 30,000 troops was right, and 73% worried that the costs of the war will make it more difficult to deal with problems at home. A national poll of young adults by the Harvard Institute of Politics found that 66% oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan.

There are protest rallies and campaigns taking place around the country and around the world. Most of those who are taking part are the seasoned Anti-War protesters who have been speaking out against war for many years.

My question is this: “Where are the 73% of citizens who are concerned about the cost of the war? Are they willing to make a stand that will take them off their sofas and into the streets? At the very least are they willing to write a letter or make a telephone call to their member of Congress?”

Continuing the war in Afghanistan and increasing the troops will not protect us. Instead, it will take the lives of more U.S. military personnel and will kill and injure countless Afghani civilians. The surge will cost $30 billion additional dollars, in a war that has already cost taxpayers over $228 billion. This country is experiencing the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. The budget destined for an increased military program will take resources that should be used for healthcare, education, and jobs.

If you are concerned about these statistics please call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121 with a simple, clear message to let them know your opinion.

Take a look at these up to date statistics and if you find them upsetting –



Total # of U.S. Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan 5,305

American Military Casualties in Iraq

Since war began (3/19/03): 4371

Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 124

American Wounded Official Estimated

Total U.S.Wounded: 31,582 Over 100,000

Latest Fatality Dec 12, 2009

Daily DoD Casualty Release

320,000 Vets Have Brain Injuries

18 Vet Suicides Per Day?

Iraqi Casualties – 1,339,771

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq 325

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan 934

Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan 604

Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq 1,395

Journalists - Iraq 335

Academics Killed - Iraq 431

Sources: DoD, MNF, and

If you stand for nothing - you will fall for anything
Speak out loudly - today!

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