Today is our 2,771st day in Iraq and our 3,299th day in Afghanistan.
We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4426
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4287
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3567
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 198
Since Operation New Dawn: 8
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan 1,342
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 821
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through: $ 1, 095, 028, 475, 000 .00
War is many things. It is costly, dangerous, heartbreaking, and sometimes even heroic. While usually the only thing to come from war is destruction and sadness, on occasion it is an incubator for leadership and inspiration. Throughout America's history, soldiers have made the leap into politics, starting with our very first President. Military service is no guarantee of success, however.