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Old 10-28-2009, 08:18 AM   #131
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Originally Posted by patteeu View Post
I thought this was interesting in terms of putting cost in perspective:
Total US fatalities in the nearly 8 years of war in and around Afghanistan: 834

Total US fatalities on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day): 2,499
And given that our total population has increased from 138 million to 305 million during that time period, there were 7 times more US fatalities per capita on that bloody morning than during the entire Afghanistan war. That's the equivalent of saying it would take over half a century of warfare in Afghanistan to lose the same fraction of our population as we lost in a single day during WWII.
I notice sometimes that people compare these conflicts to Vietnam, well, we lost almost 60,000 men in Vietnam. In terms of the cost it doesn't even hold a candle to that war.

That's no statement on whether this is worth the sacrifice, it's just a statement that the two are not even in the same ballpark.
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