Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Back in the Days of 'Mission Accomplished'

Who can forget that glorious day 4 years ago when the war in Iraq ended?

E&P takes a look back at how the NYTs covered the story then.

Think Progress brings us ‘Mission Accomplished’ By The Numbers.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the situation then, compared to the situation now:

May 1, 2003 Today
U.S. Troops Wounded 542 24,912
U.S. Troops Killed

139 3,351
Contractors Killed

69 916
Journalists and Media Assistants Killed

11 167
U.S. Forces in Iraq 150,000 146,000
Size of Iraqi Security Forces
7,000-9,000 334,300
Number of Insurgents less than 5,000 ~70,000 (Sunni only)
Insurgent Attacks Per Day 8 148.9
Cost to U.S. Taxpayers $79 billion $421 billion
Approval of Bush’s Handling of Iraq 75% 24%
Percentage of Americans who Believe The Iraq War Was “Worth Fighting” 70% 34%
Bush’s Overall Job Approval 71% 32%

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