As Lent ends and the Easter Tridiuum begins and as the media gushes in Democrats finally coming out as the secular anti-christian party publicly they’ve been for year it’s very easy to miss the incredible re-write of history that has been advanced by the MSM concerning the Wars In Iraq and Afghanistan.
The attempt to portray two American Victories (yes you’ve read that right) as defeats and or disaster and the attempt to re-Vietnam the military is not only insidious but flies against reality on an incredible scale.
Let’s go over a few facts and tactical objectives that were in fact served by both Iraq and Afghanistan.
After the success of the 9/11 attacks where Muslims around the world cheered (no matter how much we would like to pretend otherwise) young Islamic men were ready to follow in the path of Islamic victory. This represented a severe challenge to the US government. US infrastructure was vulnerable, US targets were vulnerable and the American people were totally unprepared to deal with this kind of attacks. Meanwhile the very people we needed to fight and kill were scattered in dozens of countries and in those pre-drone days not easily vulnerable without strikes that would have taken out many civilians.
Iraq and Afghanistan achieved solved both problems.
Once US troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan it must have seemed a Godsend to the jihadist and the Imams who recruited them. No longer was the problem how to get their men over the sea to strike at the Great Satan instead they could fight the evil Americans in Dar-al-Islam and show all the world the weakness of the infidel west.
Unfortunately for the Jihadist this didn’t turn out exactly as planned.
While US casualties have been loudly touted by those opposed to the war terrorist and jihadist causalities have been highly ignored as it doesn’t fit the narrative of a defeated and exhausted US force. Iraq and Afghanistan quickly became a killing field for those brave but foolish jihadists who dared to fight us. US military superiority in tactics, weapons, technology and firepower made the life expectancy of our enemies rather short.
And even better Because we had troops in these lands the attacks of our enemies rather than directed against our weakest links, infrastructure and civilians who might not be as able to defend themselves but instead against the best trained, best armed and most incredible military that history has ever seen.
What is this in raw numbers? Well lets look at this piece:
In fact, the Brookings Institution is the only independent organization I’ve found that has compiled, along with all its Coalition and civilian casualty reports, a fair amount of information on “insurgency” casualties, however, the degree of accuracy of its figures is completely unknown to me. Still, its Iraq archive shows that a total of about 44,000 enemy combatants in Iraq have been killed or captured since May of 2003, with only about 12,000 of them dying or being detained between the beginning of 2005 and the end of June.
These number clearly conflict with the estimate of General Keane, unless upwards of 38,000 enemy casualties and detainments occurred during the month of July, and what little information I’ve managed to find elsewhere does not help clear up this discrepancy.
Finding good information on the Afghanistan War is even more difficult, yet I did manage to find the following data not long ago. According to the Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA), between October of ’01 and January of ’02, roughly 3,500 Taliban had been killed in Afghanistan, and another 7,000 were captured.
So that’s 54,500 jihadist killed or captured.
That number being equal to total US Casualties killed and wounded sounds unimpressive until you realize that this article and those number are from Aug 10th 2005.
And these are the first number I were able to find, other than a 2009 WSJ article you that mentions 2000 enemy deaths in Afghanistan from April 2008 to May 2009 (no numbers on wounded or captured in Afghanistan or from Iraq in those years)
Why were even those number so hard to find: Edward Daily again
Now you would think this fact would be celebrated but it’s not, as Edward Daley pointed out back in 2005
All they ever hear is the negative statistics. I wonder what folks would think if the “mainstream” media decided to put their researchers to work uncovering the kind of statistics that are favorable to the United States, and report on the many thousands of scumbags that our brave troops have killed and captured over the past few years.
So far though, nobody in the journalistic community seems to think it’s important for Americans to know how many terrorists are either locked away or pushing up daisies, and the federal government is totally ignoring the issue as well.
What Mr. Daily never had understood is what Glenn Reynolds used to say about opponents of the fight against terror: “they’re not anti-war, they’re just on the other side.”
2. Battlescape Dar-al-Islam
After 9/11 security things in the US changed in many ways. Metal detectors everywhere, Airport security and searches more intrusive. It’s much more inconvenient to do things that were one very easy and many Americans have and still complain about these changes. But they don’t notice what hasn’t happened.
Other than the single shooter attacks such as Ft. Hood America has been remarkably free of attack. Institutions and factories continue to produce, people go out to dinner, shop and live their normal lives.
For a country at war for twelve years that is incredible and historic. Even During World War 2 you had merchant ships sunk by U-Boats off the east coast and people able to see them burn from shore, but for the unconscripted US citizen The Battle for Gondor produced more worry and fear than anything in the war.
If anyone had predicted this after 9/11 they would have been considered not only out of their minds, but blind to the reality that was to follow.
Even if we had not slaughtered jihadists by the tens of thousands keeping the war off our shores is an incredible victory that can’t be adequately measured in terms of lives and treasure saved beyond the cost of the actual war.
3. US causalities as The Raw Numbers vs Props
One of the things that really offends me in the left’s argument is the constant wailing concerning US casualties. It is very different than we on the right. With the preferred “babykiller” and “Genghis khan” meme were iffy even during Abu Ghraib recall Dick Durbin comparing US soldiers to Nazis & Pol Pot and the backlash, they have constantly played up the casualties levels in a phony and insulting way
Let’s forget for a moment the obscenity of treating dead and wounded US Soldiers as victims rather than as people who fought for a cause lets take a sober look at the actual numbers.
We have been at war for twelve years, TWELVE YEARS and we have had 6456 deaths combining both in battle and in theater. If you count strictly battle deaths the number is 5078.
These numbers are incredible compared to every other American war as in …INCREDIBLY LOW. Look at the Mexican war, only two years 13283 dead. Korea over 36,000 dead, Vietnam over 58,000 dead hell lets look at a single battle from WW2 the Battle of Kasserine Pass where we had only 30,000 men engaged 6500 of the 10,000 allied troops killed were Americans. That’s more than the total in Iraq & Afghanistan combined.
In a culture where the vast majority never serve, never consider service for their kids and closest view of war is playing Call of Duty those numbers are a shock. To anyone who has studied history, and realizes what we’ve achieved these numbers are a testament to the improvements in weapons, medicine and tactics of the very professional US force.
Bottom line US causalities dead and wounded are so low that no other country in history could hope to match it over anything resembling the same period of time.
Each one of these things would normally be celebrated as signs of victory to demoralize our enemies, but because to the Media and the left US victory is a bug not a feature these facts must be ignored. As their best efforts to aid our defeat in war were unsuccessful perhaps they can over time convince us of our own defeat.
And while they may not see the danger of such a thing there is a whole generation of Jihadist who will be inspired by their “victory” in the war on terror.
Now all of these address the tactical effects but not the strategic ones but as I’m already over 1400 we’ll leave the rest of the argument for another day.
The Bad news is This weeks’ paycheck didn’t do as well moving up $2.
Now $2 is 2/3 of 1% of my $300 goal and I’m grateful for the person who kicked in but now that Stacy is on his way south I’d like to find seven people to kick in this week’s $20 to complete this weeks paycheck.
If you are willing, able and inclined to do so hit DaTipJar below.