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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Just a reminder of the cost of arrogance and incompetence

* Total deaths: Between 110,663 and 119,380

* Coalition deaths: 4,712

* U.S. deaths: 4,394

* U.S. wounded: 31,768

* U.S. deaths as a percentage of coalition deaths: 93.25 percent

* Iraqi Security Force deaths: At least 9,451

* Total coalition and ISF deaths: At least 14,163

* Iraqi civilian deaths: Between 96,037 and 104,7542

* Non-Iraqi contractor deaths: At least 463

* Internally displaced persons: 2.6 million

* Refugees: 1.9 million

Financial costs

* Cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom: $748.2 billion

* Projected total cost of veterans’ health care and disability: $422 billion to $717 billion

Total cost of the Iraq war will add between $1.2 and $1.5 trillion to the deficit. For the first time in history, the American people have not been asked to contribute anything to offset the cost of a major war in the form of higher taxes no matter how small the increase mat be. Instead future generations will be forced to pay.

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