60% of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have occurred under Obama

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60% of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have occurred under Obama
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 3:11pm

Since Obama took office, 858 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan, 60% of the total to die in this war. A half dozen recently in a fire fight. There have also been trophy pictures from a kill squad shown in a trial of soldiers. When Bush was President war casualties dominated the nightly news, every night we'd hear about our war dead. Under Obama, not so much. Under Obama in the past few days half a dozen soldiers died in a nasty fire fight, under Bush a smaller number died in a similar fight and it was major news for almost a month. Abuse of prisoners in Iraq dominated U.S. news for years under Bush, the trophy pictures of U.S. kill squads under Obama doesn't seem to be news.

I find it interesting that this forum has a long thread about how we must give up our right of free expression (well not we collectively, just conservatives) to appease some Muslim extremists because half a dozen U.N. workers were killed. This seems to dominate not only the ivillage news forum, but our news generally. The half dozen U.S. soldiers who died in a fire fight recently, don't get mentioned here in ivillage on on the main stream media much either.

Assuming this thread is like all the other fact based threads in ivillage that aren't glowingly in love with Obama, there will be no replies.

The double standard of news organizations, and of the progressives who run them, and the reflection of that standard here on ivillage, are absolutely amazing. I hope one day people get to search archives of this stuff and try to make sense of it. Anyway, for posterity if nothing else, here is the story on Obama's war dead in Afghanistan:

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/60-us-military-deaths-afghanistan-have-o

60% of U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Have Occurred Since Obama Was Inaugurated in 2009


At least 858 U.S. soldiers have died in the Afghanistan war since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. That equals 60.13 percent of the 1,427 American soldier fatalities so far in the ongoing 10-year war in that country.

For March 2011, there were 26 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan, including 4 non-combat related fatalities. That brought the total combat and non-combat deaths for 2011 (January, February, and March) to 70. Those fatalities include 57 combat-related deaths and 13 non-combat deaths.

For the 858 U.S. deaths since Obama’s inauguration, 791 have been combat-related. This means that for the 1,241 combat-related deaths that occurred since the Afghanistan war began in October 2001, about 64 percent happened in the two years since Obama took office.

Last year was the deadliest for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, with 497 combat and non-combat fatalities. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), or homemade bombs, continue to be the number one killer of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

The Afghan provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, which border Pakistan and have been the central focus of U.S. military operations in recent years, continue to be the deadliest regions for American soldiers.

CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan is derived from Department of Defense (DOD) news releases and various media accounts.

The database includes American troops who died in and around Afghanistan while supporting military efforts against terrorism under Operation Enduring Freedom. That operation was launched on Oct. 7, 2001 to topple the Taliban regime and pursue al Qaeda after it used Afghanistan as a base for the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.

More than 40 troop-contributing countries are involved in the campaign under NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, commanded by U.S. Army General David Petraeus.

In addition to those who died in Afghanistan, CNSNews.com’s database includes some Americans who died in Pakistan and others who died in the Arabian Sea while supporting operations in Afghanistan.

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Registered: 11-13-2009
<<< I find it interesting that this forum has a long thread about how we must give up our right of free expression (well not we collectively, just conservatives) to appease some Muslim extremists because half a dozen U.N. workers were killed. >>

No, no one said we should give up any rights to "free expression", and you know it.

This is why I rarely reply to these kind of posts. Too many falsehoods to begin to defend.




 

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Registered: 11-04-2010
When I saw that the source was CNS, I didn't bother to read the post. Isn't it amazing how people get away with such blatant lies about posters on this board?
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Registered: 05-12-2010

Now now...no Obama bashing. You know he inherited all this from his nameless predecessors (I'm being sarcastic).

Editing bc I want to add more....I know you are all excited.

I am trying to figure out what makes Obama such a wonderful president. He's a POLITICAN. And unless people on this board having been living under a rock, that doesn't say much about him.

Personally, I am tried of hearing how wonderful he is (and don't get me started on Michelle. Enough already, we get that she shops in JCrew and works out. My arms would like that too if I had all her free time. But I blame that solely on the media.). He's not wonderful. And if McCain were in office, I would feel the same about him too.

Don't get me wrong - Obama has a full plate, no thanks to the dim bulb before him and the skirt chaser before him. But I cannot and will not put this man on a pedestal like some do. I hear people talk about this guy as though he's Jesus Christ resurrected. People need to wake up and realize he at the end of the day he is no better than any of the other elected shmucks we keep electing over and over and over again.

*I am not a Republican, nor a conservative. I am a registered Democrat solely so I can have my RIGHT to vote in a primary, specifically a NYC primary. Don't want Fat Al as mayor. Bloomturd is enough to make my stomach turn.

Nitemares
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Maybe that's bc the rest of the liberal news media, except for Fox, will continue to put Obama on a pedestal instead of rightfully knocking him off it.

What I find amazing is how blind many Americans are. Live under rocks much?

Nitemares
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The only people doing that are conservatives.
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Registered: 11-04-2010
Yep, I see it every time I look at the comments section of any Fox News story. Lots of bottom dwellers, that's for sure.
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Registered: 04-07-2002

No one has said that and you know it!

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So because ONE PERON, Oprah, had a part of a quote taken out of context, you are extrapolating this to millions of people?

dablacksox


Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Registered: 02-05-2011
No,
Obama sought her support, and team Obama and Oprah worked on how she would introduce him. Obama wasn't called "The One" without prior approval. Chris Matthews has compared Obama to Jesus.

Liberals called Obama "The One", conservatives remind liberals of it. :)

He isn't "The One" to conservatives, only to many liberals, and to Chris Matthews he may be something much more personal. Not only does Chris get a thrill up his leg when he hears Obama, but Chris recently opined regarding Obama's boyish smile which seems to turn Chris on. Chris seems to speak for many liberals. Obama is so much to so many on the left.

At the moment, I wish he'd stop wasting federal money and stop his growing war in Libya.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/13/chris-matthews-i-felt-thi_n_86449.html

Last night during MSNBC's Potomac Primary coverage, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were discussing Barack Obama's speech. Matthews — who, in the past, has both cried over an Obama speech and compared him to Jesus — described exactly what happens to him when Obama speaks:

I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no9fpKVXxCc

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The little boy smile Chris loves can be seen here

http://www.fireandreamitchell.com/2011/04/09/chris-matthews-get-another-thrill-that-little-boy-smile-of-his-obama-is-so-winning/

A news article about the crush of Matthews life can be read at http://www.mediaite.com/tv/chris-matthews-rhapsodizes-on-obamas-winning-little-boy-smile/

Chris Matthews Rhapsodizes On Obama’s ‘Winning’ ‘Little Boy Smile’

“You know, sometimes, Gene [Robinson], he has that, he didn’t have it right there but a minute ago he had that great smile, that little boy smile of his which is so winning. Mark [Halperin] noticed it too. He brings it out. I don’t know if it’s technique.”

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