White House spinmeister ... er, spokesman Scott McClellan later maintained that there’s no official U.S. estimate of Iraqi deaths, and that the prez was merely repeating media estimates.
If so, Bush might be cribbing from The Independent, a London daily newspaper that today--on the eve of Iraqi parliamentary elections--delivers a package of reports and analyses about the run-up and results of the invasion, which was heavily supported at the time by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Among The Independent’s offerings is a “war by the numbers” compilation of calculations that give some flesh-and-blood-and-treasure measure of the Iraq conflict’s costs up to this point. Among the statistics:
Here are two final statistics, provided by an ABC News poll: “More than two-thirds of those [Iraqis] surveyed oppose the presence of troops from the United States and its coalition partners and less than half, 44 percent, say their country is better off now than it was before the war.”
$204.4 billion: The cost to the U.S. of the war so far. The UK’s bill up until March 2005 was £3.1 billion
2,339: Allied troops killed
98: UK troops killed
30,000: Estimated Iraqi civilian deaths
0: Number of WMDs found
$35,819 million: World Bank estimated cost of reconstruction
53,470: Iraqi insurgents killed
67 percent: Iraqis who feel less secure because of occupation
66: Journalists killed in Iraq. Journalists killed during Vietnam war: 63
251: Foreigners kidnapped
183,000: British and American troops still in action in Iraq. There are 162,000 U.S. troops and 8,000 British with 13,000 from other nations.
90: Daily attacks by insurgents in November ’05. In June ’03: 8
15,955: U.S. troops wounded in action
A BILLION HERE, A BILLION THERE--PRETTY SOON IT ADDS UP TO REAL MONEY. As the Associated Press reports, “The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a wartime request for up to $100 billion more for Iraq and Afghanistan, ... a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward a staggering half-trillion dollars.” Read on.