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O is for Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lining Up Statistics on War Casualties

In Economy on April 9, 2010 at 1:40 AM

Operations and conflicts involving United States military might have been ever-enduring in the American esprit de guerre for years upon years since Revolutionary War time period ‘til to-day in Iraq and Afghanistan. O is the one current, explicit war however; so, here, constructed and resolved are economics journal-inspired recession bars and categorical aids applied, charting and comparing the scale and progression of the current principal wars at hand, mainly Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

Data compiled through April 3, 2010 is provided on Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the war pre-emptively begun March 20, 2003 and current through present day, involving Iraq and the United States. Casualties total 4,378 pertaining to this conflict, compared to 1,026 associated with Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the companion conflict begun 2001 and continuing to-day alongside OIF, centered in Afghanistan.

In the above graphics, Afghanistan, the targeted focal-point region centered in the OEF episode clearly becomes more dangerous relative to Iraq over-time, evident according to data points as recent as July 2008.

In honor of David Halberstam, the prominent war journalist, it is worth acknowledging that there is certainly an eery similarity in duration to the current Iraq conflict as far as mimicking the period duration of Vietnam – a point made obvious by the 7-year anniversary date marking the beginning of the Iraq shock-and-awe invasion, having occurred just 3 weekends ago. According to Congressional Research Service, United States-Vietnam belligerence occurred from 1964-1973.

For a grander comparison of the entire listing of American war casualties, Figure 3 below grants a broader perspective on the subject.

Whatever happened to the Neo-Cons and The End of History?

Important to note, the Iraq war foundational underpinnings, philosophically, were pioneered by the Neo-Conservative faction within the Republican presidential administrations, most notably, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich among a host of others specially documented in — Rumsfeld’s War.

Acute critique of Rumsfeld’s philosophy on knowledge can be found in Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian super-man philosopher, recalling Rumsfeld at Google in 2008.

Foundational underpinnings, economically, are also rampant in the Neo-Conservative tradition. Milton Friedman, the Chicago University economist, espoused the intellectual recommendation for a U.S. all-volunteer army, Brue (2000). Other notable economist Francis Fukuyama of Johns Hopkins University endorsed a just as controversial treatise encouraging foreign policy pre-emption known as the Project for the New American Century, with papers signed and authored as early as 1997.

Effectively, the Rumsfeld story relative to the Iraq War easily reads like a throw back representation incarnate of Robert McNamara relative to the Vietnam War — watch The Fog of War.

O War, O Haughty Shade lingering in year 7.

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