Graph of the Day for September 24, 2009

"An ongoing subtext in the war with Iraq is whether the situation will turn into ‘another Vietnam' for the United States -- that is, a war with high U.S. casualties and little obvious progress toward its stated goals.  While it is too early to say whether Iraq will be similar to Vietnam in this regard, we can compare public opinion..."

 - Joseph Carroll, Gallup Poll Assistant Editor, in June 2004


Hoven's Index for September 24, 2009

Total US Active Duty Military Deaths in 1980 (peacetime): 2,392.

Total US Active Duty Military Deaths in 2005 (recent peak, including Iraq and Afghanistan operations): 1,941.

Source:  Congressional Research Service, via Federation of American Scientists website