April 05, 2003

War Dead -- a Comparison to...

Posted by at April 5, 2003 04:24 PM

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Several days ago I saw something on CNN to the effect that, throughout our history, the ratio of casualties to deployed troops was something like 1 in 15. In the Korean War it rose to 1 in 13, but dropped back to 1 in 15 for Vietnam.

For Gulf War I it was 1 in 1500.

This was during the media's "Operation Quagmire", so the gist of the report was that the American people would never stand for a 1 in 15 casualty rate these days.

By the way, Owens seems to confuse "casualties" with "fatalities". This is very common in the media as well.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at April 6, 2003 03:59 PM

The comparison to the Spanish-American war is apt, and not only for the small numbers of casualties in both. I've been reading Warren Zimmerman's "First Great Triumph" about T Roosevelt and crowd and am struck by how similar the two White Houses are. When since TR have we heard the term "American Empire" used with approbation?

Posted by: chandler at April 7, 2003 01:26 PM
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April 05, 2003

War Dead -- a Comparison to...

War Dead -- a Comparison to 10 Other American Conflicts: Interesting to see the numbers all next to each other, put there for you by Howard Owens. I predict future analogies to the Spanish-American War.

Posted by at April 5, 2003 04:24 PM
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Several days ago I saw something on CNN to the effect that, throughout our history, the ratio of casualties to deployed troops was something like 1 in 15. In the Korean War it rose to 1 in 13, but dropped back to 1 in 15 for Vietnam.

For Gulf War I it was 1 in 1500.

This was during the media's "Operation Quagmire", so the gist of the report was that the American people would never stand for a 1 in 15 casualty rate these days.

By the way, Owens seems to confuse "casualties" with "fatalities". This is very common in the media as well.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at April 6, 2003 03:59 PM

The comparison to the Spanish-American war is apt, and not only for the small numbers of casualties in both. I've been reading Warren Zimmerman's "First Great Triumph" about T Roosevelt and crowd and am struck by how similar the two White Houses are. When since TR have we heard the term "American Empire" used with approbation?

Posted by: chandler at April 7, 2003 01:26 PM
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