Iraq War Compared — By the Numbers

 

The United States has been involved in numerous wars, but a number have been
mentioned in comparison to the military activities in Iraq. Here are the numbers
for comparison: (# US dead, % of pop., length of war, etc.)

U.S. Civil War – 620,000 (or about 1.9% of the pre-war US population
  ○ http://www.civilwarhome.com/casualties.htm
  ○ 4 years (1861-1865)

World War II – 410,000 (or about 0.4% of the pre-war US population
  ○ http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/statistics.htm
  ○ 4 years (1941-1945)

Korean War – 37,000 (or about 0.02% of the pre-war US population)
  ○ http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/06/05/korea/main202741.shtml
  ○ 4 years (1950-1953)

Vietnam War – 58,000 (or about 0.03% of the pre-war US population)
  ○ http://www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/timeline/index1.html
  ○ http://members.aol.com/warlibrary/vwatl.htm
  ○ 13 YEARS (1960-1973, peak force over 575,000 under Pres. Johnson)

Iraq War – 3000+ (or about 0.001% of the US population)
  ○ 3 years and counting (2003- peak force 150,000)

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