Monday, March 20, 2006Unhappy Anniversary
And so, we enter the fourth year of the second war in Iraq.
(Just in case, feel free to review the story so far...)
Coalition fatalities: 2,525*
US armed forces fatalities: 2,318*
Total US armed forces casualties: 19,442*
Average number of Coalition deaths per day: 2.3 (roughly equal to last year)*
Cost of Iraq war so far: $ 248 billion and counting**
Estimated total cost of war including all long-term commitments: over $1 trillion***
Barrels of oil the US could purchase with $1 trillion: 14 billion
Number of years that amount of oil would last: 2
Number of days since George W. Bush promised to catch Osama bin Laden, "dead or alive": 1,435
Predicted length of time the war would last, according to Donald Rumsfeld: "Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that."****
Actual length of the war so far: 1096 days / 157 weeks / 36 months
Weapons of Mass Destruction found: 0
Are we getting tired of this yet?