Update, 1 May 2007. Things are even worse one year later.
It wasn’t funny a month ago and it definitely wasn’t true 3 years ago today. Today, we are so far from “Mission Accomplished” that no one sees a clear way out of the mess in Iraq.
Let’s take a look at some of the numbers behind the story:
|May 1, 2003||Today|
|U.S. Troops Wounded||542||17,469|
|U.S. Troops Killed||139||2,400|
|Size of U.S. Forces||150,000||132,000|
|Size of Iraqi Security Forces||7,000-9000||250,500|
|Number of Insurgents||5,000||15,000-20,000|
|Insurgent Attacks Per Day||8||75|
|Cost to U.S. Taxpayers||$79 billion||$320 billion|
|Approval of Bush’s Handling of Iraq||75%||37%|
|Percentage of Americans who Believe The Iraq War Was “Worth Fighting”||70%||41%|
|Bush’s Overall Job Approval||71%||38%|