Carol Platt Liebau: An Instructive Comparison

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

An Instructive Comparison

Democrats are using the combat deaths in Iraq as the basis for conceding defeat to Islamofascist terrorists and other enemies of America. But courtesy of Alicia Colon, there's a comparison that's highly relevant to this debate:

The total military dead in the Iraq war between 2003 and this month stands at about 3,133. This is tragic, as are all deaths due to war, and we are facing a cowardly enemy unlike any other in our past that hides behind innocent citizens. Each death is blazoned in the headlines of newspapers and Internet sites. What is never compared is the number of military deaths during the Clinton administration: 1,245 in 1993; 1,109 in 1994; 1,055 in 1995; 1,008 in 1996. That's 4,417 deaths in peacetime but, of course, who's counting?

That's right -- 3,133 during the Bush war, and 4,417 during the Clinton "peace."

Just something to think about, before we cut 'n run, thereby paving the way for another 9/11.

Update: Those on the left think they have found a major inconsistency in that the number reportedly rises to somewhere in the five-thousands during the Bush Administrationonce military accidents, etc., are factored in. But that's not the point. The point is that, based on a lower number of casualties in a war than the preceding administration saw during peace, the Democrats want to force a huge American defeat in the war on terror.


Blogger Brooklynite said...

Except for the fact that the 3,133 figure is for three years of combat fatalities from one war, and the 4,417 figure is for four years of all military fatalities worldwide from all causes. And for the fact that military fatalities fell dramatically during the course of Clinton's two terms.

Here's an apples-to-apples comparison:

US military fatalities, 1998-2000: 2,381.
US military fatalities, 2003-2005: 5,076.

More detail here.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Apples-to-Apples is 1 death during Clinton's two terms from hostile force in 1996. One might add 76 deaths from terrorist attacks, but then you need to tack on 55 more deaths to Bush's record. Also keep in mind the 3,133 figure is for Iraq and does not include Afghanistan. It also is only for KIA.

Link to DOD site:

4:03 PM  
Blogger Brooklynite said...

I've posted a reply to your update here.

4:57 PM  

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