Claim: U.S. active duty military deaths were higher during the administration of President Clinton than during the administration of George W. Bush.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2008]
Surprise, Surprise (not really)
These are some rather eye-opening facts.
Since the start of the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sacrifice has been enormous. In the time period from the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 through today, we have lost over 3,000 military personnel to enemy action and accidents.
As tragic as the loss of any member of the US Armed Forces is, consider the following statistics: The annual fatalities of military members while actively serving in the armed forces from 1980 through 2006:
If you are confused when you look at these figures, so was I.
Do these figures mean that the loss from the two latest conflicts in the middle East are LESS than the loss of military personnel during
These figures indicate that many members of our Media and our Politicians will pick and choose. They present only those “facts” which support their agenda-driven reporting. Why do so many of them march in lock-step to twist the truth? Where do so many of them get their marching-orders for their agenda?
(These statistics are published by Congressional Research Service, and they may be confirmed by anyone at: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf )
Origins: What a muddle one can make of statistics.
The item quoted above attempts to demonstrate that
Bush for involving the U.S. in wars in Afghanistan and
The numbers reproduced in this piece were taken from a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on American War and Military Operations Casualties, using
We find the following totals in that CRS report:
|Year||President||Deaths||Total during presidency|
|1989||George H.W. Bush||1,636|
|1990||George H.W. Bush||1,507|
|1991||George H.W. Bush||1,787|
|1992||George H.W. Bush||1,293|
|2001||George W. Bush||891|
|2002||George W. Bush||999|
|2003||George W. Bush||1,228|
|2004||George W. Bush||1,874|
|2005||George W. Bush||1,942|
|2006||George W. Bush||1,858|
Even though the CRS table does not include loss figures for the last two years of
When we consider all the information in this table, we also find that the number of active duty losses during the Clinton presidency was less than half the number that occurred during the Reagan presidency, and only about 20% higher than the number that occurred during the
Last updated: 26 March 2008