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Friday, January 29, 2010


How many U.S. soldiers are dying?

There have been 4374 U.S. military deaths in Iraq and 976 in Afghanistan for a total of 5350. Some people like to nitpick and claim that those numbers don't include people who die after being evacuated from the country (which isn't actually true; it certainly includes some such people, if not all).

But it turns out that, according to no less a source than Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, those numbers are dwarfed by another kind of death that mostly occurs once the soldier has returned home - suicide. There are 6000 military suicides each year. I knew it was bad, but had no idea it was that bad. And even that probably doesn't include numerous cases of "suicide by cop."

It's time to put an end to the madness. Long past time. Stop the war. Now.

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