The Hard-To-Kill American Military

The baleful effect of the biased war reporting of our MSM is only part of the story – American fighters sell their lives dearly, and that’s been true for decades.

A comment on our earlier post points to these statistics:

To date, we have killed over 20,700 of those who sought to engage us in combat. These are not civilians, women or children. These are people with weapons in their hands, bombs in their cars, and murder in their eyes. Our troops have defended themselves and 20,700 of those who would have killed them have been killed.

In 2008 alone we have lost about 80 Americans and killed over 550 enemies.

Excluding accidents, for the entire Iraq war about 7 enemy fighters have died to kill each US soldier, marine, flier or sailor.

In the 1945 battle for Iwo Jima, 3 Japanese died killing each US fighter: 6,821 US soldiers and marines died, but in return:

Of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers present at the beginning of the battle, over 20,000 were killed and only 216 taken prisoner.

Battles are not decided by body counts, but no enemy can afford a loss rate of 7 to 1 indefinitely.

As al Qaeda has discovered.

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