Capitol Hill (CNN) - Today the 112th Congress holds its first hearing on the Iraq War. The conflict that drove the headlines three years ago is now barely on the media radar. Many Americans who recognize Gen. David Petreus' name now draw a blank if asked to list his two successors.
As the world watches Egypt and the Middle East and as the Senate Armed Services Committee hears from the current U.S. commander in Iraq, American Sauce brings you a quick look at key names and figures.
Iraq War 101
Current Operation: New Dawn.
Previous Operation: Iraqi Freedom. March 20, 2003 – August 31, 2010.
US Troops in Iraq Now: Approx. 50,000.
Largest US Troop Presence: Approx. 157,000 in 2008.
Other Nations with Troops in Iraq Now: 0.
(Source: Department of Defense)
- Total American troop deaths (through Feb. 2): 4,439.
- Deaths through Aug. 31, 2010: 4,421.
- Deaths since Aug. 31, 2010: 18.
- Total American troops injured: 32,037.
- Troops injured through Aug. 31, 2010: 31,938.
- Troops injured since Aug. 31, 2010: 99.
US Costs of the War
- Military costs through Oct. 31, 2010 (latest Pentagon figure available): $668.5 Billion.
- Reconstruction funding: $58 Billion since 2003.
- Commander of US Forces in Iraq: Army Gen. Lloyd Austin. Read the New York Times profile of him.
- Chief of US Central Command: Marine Gen. James Mattis. Read his official bio.
- US Ambassador to Iraq: James Jeffrey. Read his official bio.
- Where is Gen. David Petreus?: He is the commander of US forces in Afghanistan (as of July 4, 2010).
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wheres the civilain causltiy number at. wonder why its not there hmmmmm
How about Iraqi deaths (200,000?) Number of Iraqis displace (10% of the population.) Spending American lives and treasure to create an Iranian-leaning Iraqi government (priceless).
It is a fitting tribute to the Surge that the left-wing media has lost interest in Iraq. Just 3-4 years ago you had scores of Dem leaders, along with their chattering minions throughout the country, claiming the war was lost and the Surge will fail. Since they can no longer compare Iraq to Vietnam (yet again), the Dems and their allies in the media have simply stopped reporting from Iraq.
Wow, Iraq went from another Vietnam to a non-story in three years...so many Dems must be so angry right now!
I don't like to make predictions, but it's hard for me to not think that the 'strategy' developed by the Falcons/Hawks of GWB's first term (most of them draft-dodgers) will become (if they aren't already) textbook in military academies as 'HOW TO NOT GO TO FIGHT ON A FOREIGN LAND'.
Amateurs running a war theater... and still thinking that they were right and did the right thing!
That's because the news only reports on it when it is negative news and when it can used against Republican candidates. Now that Obama is President, they are silent.
I remember Iraq and the countless numbers of lives that were lost based on a lie. Please don't remind me. I won't forget about Iraq until either George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld are incarcerated for WAR CRIMES.