Saturday, February 6, 2010

Total # of U.S Troops Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars – 5,348

Globally our attention has been taken with the tragedy of the earthquakes in Haiti. Meanwhile, we still have troops and civilians being killed in the Afghanistan War. I would like you to pause for a moment at take a look at these up to date statistics that record the casualties of war.

Worldwide millions of people have demonstrated against war. How sad that this is still needed today. Here are the latest statistics on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars:

Total of U.S Troops Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars – 5,348

Since war began (3/19/03): 4375

Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 147

Total U.S.Wounded: 31,639 Over 100000

Latest Fatality Jan 28 2010

320,000 Vets Have Brain Injuries

War Veterans’ Concussions Are Often Overlooked

18 Vet Suicides Per Day?

Iraqi Casualties – 1,366,350

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq 325

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan 973

Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan 635

Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq 1,395

Journalists - Iraq 335

Academics Killed - Iraq 431

Sources: DoD, MNF, and

All data was compiled from

The proposal of $708.2 billion in spending for the Department of Defense -the highest military budget in the history of our country. Of that money, $159.3 billion will go for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Administration is also asking for a $33 billion Supplemental to pay for the troop increase in 2010, on top of the $138 billion already allocated.

Federal dollars are being poured into weapons and warfare, while our states, cities, communities and families are suffering from a lack of funds for urgent human needs: for new jobs, health care, housing, repair of infrastructure, social services. The Obama budget includes expenditures for many worthy domestic purposes. But the size of these programs is far too small and they are already under attack because of the deficit.

It is vitally important that we link issues and publicize this point: we cannot solve our domestic problems so long as our tax dollars are being squandered on unnecessary, destructive and foolhardy military projects.


Call your member of Congress and let them know you are outraged by the upside-down priorities in the proposed 2011 federal budget. Tell them its time to end the wars in Afghanistan and to use our tax dollars to solve economic problems here at home. Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

You can also call or write to the President:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Phone Numbers: Comments: 202-456-1111

Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

Take a look at these up to date statistics and if you find them ‘sobering’ –


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