Too many and counting

The rationale shifts, the body count is constant

Graphics by Don Button and David Jayne

Whatever the original rationale for this war was in March 2003—whatever that rationale is today—the numbers are devastating. More than 2,300 American young men and women are dead. As many as 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died. The insurgency in Iraq is as strong today as ever. Each year of the war has been more deadly for Iraqi civilians than the last. And each year has been just as dangerous for U.S. soldiers.

Aside from the hard numbers, we’ve included the results of a recently completed Zogby International poll that represents the first scientific measurement of soldiers’ feelings about the war they are currently fighting abroad. Seven out of 10 of them think the United States should be out of there before the war’s fourth anniversary comes around.