The Human Cost Of War

On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two.

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I hope the Taliban death toll is in the 5 digit range.

To those that serve, thank you.

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Aleksandr Mravinsky May 19, 2010 at 06:02 pm

Is it just me, or has the death toll risen since Obama’s been in office?

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John May 19, 2010 at 06:30 pm

The death toll has risen mainly because we’ve changed how we’re engaging the enemy in combat.
Utilizing air support (bombing runs, air strikes, etc.) apparently resulted in a great deal of civilians also getting killed despite our high-tech equipment. Killing civilians isn’t exactly how one wins the hearts and minds, so now we have to make absolutely certain that if we’re calling in an air strike, that no civilians will be injured. The downside is more casualties on our side, and we lose a lot more conflicts than we did in Iraq where we could utilize such air support, but civilian casualties were a lot higher.

Another reason it rose is probably because we’re encountering more gunmen who are more battle-hardened, what with the Russia problem they once had.

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Paladin May 20, 2010 at 06:13 am

+1 on what John said. Also, we’ve got a lot more boots on the ground there now, since the ramp up. More people in country + more face to face engagement is going to lead to more casualties by default.

This month is Military Appreciation month. Its a good time to check out AnySoldier.com, if you haven’t done it before. The only way our guys (and girls) will know we support them is to show them…

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John May 20, 2010 at 08:48 pm

Don’t thank soldiers; Vote out politicians who don’t take their oaths to the constitution serious, and send soldiers to die for off shore banks.

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