Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Iraq: The Butcher's Bill in Oregon

US Senate Democrats have put together a useful interactive map that allows each state's residents to see exactly what the Iraq folly has cost them in lives and treasure. Check it out; click on the state of Oregon, and this is what you'll get:


  • Number of Active Duty Service-Members in Iraq: 2,460
  • Number of Reserve Forces in Iraq: 993
  • Number of Service-Members Killed in Iraq: 54
  • Number of Service-Members Wounded in Iraq: 403
  • Cost of War to the People of Oregon: $3 billion

(Source: CTS Deployment File, 1/31/07; Department of Defense Personnel Statistics; nationalpriorities.org)

If you're doing the math, that's 12 Oregon casualties for every 100,000 people, and $810 for each person in the state.

For comparison purposes:

WA: 12 casualties / 100K; $1344 per capita
ID: 17 casualties / 100K; $681 per capita
CA: 8 casualties / 100K; $1313 per capita

Think about that tonight as you ponder the President's veto for putting a limit to our sacrifices--not to mention those of Iraqis.