· US soldiers' deaths under Bush [2001-2008] in Afghanistan: 630[i]
· US soldiers' deaths under Obama [2009-Oct. 2010] in Afghanistan: 693[ii]
· Total US soldiers' deaths in Afghanistan: 1,323[iii]
· Total US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan: 5,748[iv]
· Total US contractor deaths from 09.01.01 through 09.30.10 30: 2,400[v]
· Total US soldiers wounded in Afghanistan: 8,530[vi]
· Total US soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan: 40,464[vii]
· Total US contractors wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan: 44,152[viii]
· Total US military suicides during 2001-2009: 1,985[ix]
AMERICAN CASUALTIES TAX DOLLARS SPENT
· Direct costs/month in Iraq: $12.5 billion[x]
· Direct costs/month in Afghanistan $16 billion[xi]
· Total direct cost, Iraq: $737.5 billion[xii]
· Total direct cost, Afghanistan: $354.4 billion[xiii]
· Total projected direct and indirect costs, Iraq: $3 trillion+[xiv]
· Total projected direct and indirect costs, Afghanistan: $1 trillion+[xv]
B. DoD Personnel & Procurement Statistics. Statistical Information Analysis Division. 12. Oct. 2010.
[v] United States of America. Department of Labor. Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP). "Defense Base Act Summary By Employer." 12 Oct. 2010.
[vi] United States of America. Department of Defense. OIF/OND/OEF U.S. Casualty Status.
[xv] Obama estimates $113 billion in direct costs/per year at current U.S. troop levels of 100,000. If those troop levels are halved by 2013, then the direct costs will remain over $50 billion/per year. An additional three years would therefore cost at least $200 billion more. Using the Stiglitz/Bilmes methodology for measuring indirect--accrual--costs, such as veterans' health care and benefits, interest payments, etc--would add hundreds of billions in long-term costs, making Afghanistan another $1 trillion dollar war.
*All data accurate as of October 12, 2010.