Today is our 2,743rd day in Iraq and our 3,271st day in Afghanistan.
We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from on ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4421
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4282
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3562
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 193
Since Operation New Dawn: 4
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,282
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 803
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through:$ 1, 083, 107, 800, 000 .00
There's been an awful lot of alarming stories I've saved over the past few days. While I am loath to do a Bob Ryan-style "cleaning out the drawer of the blog mind" column for Ask a Vet, I'm feeling that I have no choice this week. I wouldn't want anyone to miss these stories.