LeRoy Collins Commentary 126

Commentary #126
6 January 2008

Stats on U.S. military losses during/since WWII

We continue to hear statistics re U.S. military losses in the current Global War on Terrorism. Any U.S. Military losses are tragic, but when we serve in the military Services, we should not be surprised to find ourselves in harm’s way from time to time. Now is such a time, and attached are the full facts,...and their sources:

The biggest tragedy of all at this time, to me, is that we have not involved but 1% of Americans in this war; the remaining 99% are "business as usual" with no deprivations on the Home Front. When I was a 10 yr-old during WWII, I recall the rationing of fuel, clothing, food, common carrier transportation…. and NO new cars for the duration. Even as a child, I felt personally involved in WWII, and I accepted these consumer shortages as the cost of war.

But today...If I was King, I would impose a progressive increase in Federal tax on fossil fuels (e.g. an additional $.05/mo) for an indefinite period until we had eliminated a need to import oil from the Middle East and Venezuela. Concurrently, I would apply the additional revenues thus derived to subsidize the development of alternative biofuels and alternative energy production methods. Such a scenario would 1. release the economic stranglehold the OPEC nations have upon the U.S, and 2. lessen the flood of cash to the nations in the Middle East who are funding Islamic fundamentalist cells, tying up our Armed Forces, and spreading hate for the U.S. among Arab children in their madrassas.

Also, bear in mind the Soviet Union had backpack nuclear weapons 40 years ago. When it collapsed during the 1990s, the accountability for those weapons ceased to exist. Russia needed cash, and the rogue Arad states had the cash (from oil), and wanted nuclear weapons. You figure it out. In the meantime, the U.S. relaxed its border control in the interest of cheap labor…and more voters. WHAT A SCARY COMBINATION FOR THE LONG-TERM SECURITY OF OUR NATION!

/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

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Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: Some interesting stats on military

To update comparative data I may have sent earlier; and for historical perspective, we lost 297 per day during WWII (See Background data, below). At that rate, the 4,341 (total through 8 Dec '07) military deaths during Operations Enduring Freedom (7 Oct '01) and Iraqi Freedom would have occurred in 14.6 days; not the six (6) years, two (2) months of comparable data we have been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

BACKGROUND:

The U. S. Population in 1940 was 132 million (131,669,275); 44.6% of the estimated Population today (295,530,000)

12.2% served in uniform during 1941-1945 (16,112,566 of 131,669,275); today less than 0.5% are on Active Duty (1,388,594 of 295,530,000)

405,399 died (297/day – 1,363 days from 7 Dec '42 to 2 Sep '45): of these, 291,557 (72%) (214/day) were killed in action (1.8% of those who served)

671,846 received non-mortal wounds (493/day)(4.2% of those who served)

(Source: The World War II 60th Anniversary Committee)

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:

1980 ..... 2,392
1981 ..... 2,380
1984 ..... 1,999
1988 ..... 1,819
1989 ..... 1,636
1990 ..... 1,508
1991 ..... 1,787
1992 ..... 1,293
1993 ..... 1,213
1994 ..... 1,075
1995 ..... 2,465
1996 ..... 2,318    Clinton years @14,000 deaths
1997 .....    817
1998 ..... 2,252
1999 ..... 1,984
2000 ..... 1,983
2001 .....   890
2002 ..... 1,007
2003 ..... 1,410
2004 ..... 1,887
2005 .....    919
2006 .....    920    Bush years (2001-2006):  7,033 deaths

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 Mr.. Clinton's presidency; when America wasn't even involved in a war? And, I was even more confused; when I read that in 1980, during the reign of President (Nobel Peace Prize winner) Jimmy Carter, there were 2,392 US military fatalities!

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?

The latest census, of Americans, shows the following distribution of American citizens, by Race:

European descent 69.12%
Hispanic 12.5%
Black 12.3%
Asian 3.7%
Native American 1.0%
Other 2.6%

Now... here are the fatalities by Race; over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom:

European descent 74.31%
Hispanic 10.74%
Black 9.67%
Asian 1.81%
Native American 1.09%
Other 0.33%

The point here is that our mainstream media continues to spin these figures (for liberal political gain). Nothing more...its all about politics and the libs are famous for turning American against American for a vote.

(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 )

Now ask yourself two questions:

"Why does the mainstream Print and TV Media never print statistics like these?"

and

"Why do the mainstream media hate the (world wide) web as much as they do?"

Ensure you do your homework before you place your vote.

"Politics is supposed to be the second
oldest profession. I have come to realize
that it bears a very close resemblance
to the first.." ~ President Ronald Reagan


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/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.


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