Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

How does the American death toll in Iraq compare with that of other wars?

Just curious how costly the war has been in LIVES cause that is more important then money.

How does Iraq compare with-

The Gulf War, Vietnam, Korean War, WWII, WWI, Spanish American War, Civil War, War of 1812, or the Revolution.

Dont have to compare them all just the ones you know off the bat.

Try not to ramble on about how evil Bush is, or how the war is for oil, or how the republicans want to drive this nation to hell because I hear that every day and it got old a few years ago.


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  • 1 decade ago
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    Civil War (1861-1865) 623,026

    ------------World War 2 (1941-1945) 407,316 -----------

    ------------World War 1 (1917-1918) 116,708 ----------

    ------------Vietnam War (1964-1973) 58,169 --------------

    --------------Korean War (1950-1953) 36,914 -----------

    ---------War of Independence (1775-1783) 25,000-----------

    ----------War of 1812 (1812-1815) 20,000 --------

    Mexican-American War (1846-1848) 13,283

    Phillipine War (1898-1902) 4,196

    -------->Iraqi (2003-2008) 3,975ß------------------

    -----------Spanish-American War (1898) 2,446 ---------

    2nd Seminole War (1835-1842) 1,500

    Indian Wars (1865-1898) 919

    ------------->Afghanistan (2002-2008) 482<---------------------

    Gulf War (1991) 269

    Beirut (1982-1984) 266

    Haiti Occupation (1915-1934) 146

    Somalia (1992-1993) 43

    Invasion of Panama (1989) 40

    Persian Gulf Support (1987-1988) 39

    Boxer Rebellion (1900-1901) 37

    Mexican Revolution (1914-1919) 35

    Barbary Wars (1801-1815) 35

    1st Seminole War (1817-1818) 30

    3rd Seminole War (1855-1858) 26

    Quasi-War (1798-1800) 20

    El Salvador (1980-1992) 20

    Invasion of Grenada (1983) 19

    Bosnia (1995) 12

    as you can see we need about 32000 more casualties to get even in the top 5 and about 600,000 to get into 1st place

    the fact that people dont like the reason that we are in iraq and that we have already achieved our main objective, people think that it was 4000 lives wasted, for extra support vs the main objectives (dont quote me on that, that is my opinion).

    As for all wars, there are people for and people against (*cough* democrats vs republicans, even back in the revolutionary war).

    hope this helps you!

    *the numbers may not be exact and up to date*

  • 1 decade ago

    Of those, only the Gulf War and the Spanish-American war (both very brief conflicts) had fewer American deaths than the Iraq War.

    There were single battles in WWII that killed more Americans than the Iraq War.

    More Americans died in the Civil War than have been deployed to Iraq.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's not really the death toll that needs to be our primary consideration. Due to vastly improved emergency medicine so many are living that would have been dead in any other war. There are so many soldiers suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury because of the repeated exposure to the concussion of explosions (the loud noise and force that hits you when you are in proximity to an exploding bomb even if you aren't visibly injured). There is also a lot of PTSD, loss of limbs, burns, shrapnel, and blindness. The cost of this in people and money can't even be calculated at this point. They will need to be paid disability compensation, medical costs, help with adaptive technology, vocational training, and some will need live long 24 hour care. TBI is especially difficult as it can cause loss of inhibition, impulse control, and lead to substance abuse. Many of them will never be able to live on their own.

    The VA system and military medical system were terribly broken before the war. I was injured before the war began and would wait months for appointments that were supposed to be monthly and finally had to start paying a lot more out of pocket for the basic health care plan that allows me to go to civilian doctors but requires a 25% copay, deductibles, and even having to pay part of the cost of wheelchairs and walkers and other medical equipment. The VA hospital closest to me looks like something out of that Kiefer Sutherland movie about a terrible VA hospital in the Vietnam era .

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The war in Iraq was not Bush's war, it was America's war. And a war is different from a single attack that last's 8 hours and the Administration refused to send help that was asked for.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Time vs casualties it is extremely low, the Second Gulf War was the all time low for the allied side ( the First Gulf War was between Iraq and Iran and was one of the bloodiest affairs in history)although there will never be an accurate count of the brave Iraqi front line troops who died in their bunkers simply bulldozed over by blade carrying M1 tanks and left to suffocate. I was not in favor of either war but when Saddam lit those wells in Kuwait I was aghast that we stopped and didn't scorch the earth all the way to Baghdad and hoist Saddam over one of his burning wells.

  • Havoc
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The Persian Gulf War got the lowest casualties, then Spanish American War.

    Iraq War is just 3rd lowest

  • 1 decade ago

    I think the gulf war saw around 17 deaths, whilst Vietnam saw around 11,000. I think the death toll for American troops in Iraq is around the 300 mark. This is an estimate, but I'm quite cloudy - I'll be surprised if I'm correct.

  • 1 decade ago

    About 1/15 the amount killed in Vietnam.

    I don't know all the wars totals but the civil war was by far the highest for U.S. causalities.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    On D-day about 5,100 Americans died. About 2,500 died on beaches and about 2,600 paratroopers died securing areas behind the beaches to keep the Germans from reinforcing their troops. During the battle for Iwo Jima about 6,800 Marines died.

    To date in Iraq 4,031 American soldiers have died. If the people in control of our country had been in control we would all be speaking German or Japanese.

  • 1 decade ago

    5 years in Iraq

    Death toll = 4,034

    6 years WWII

    Death toll = over 400,000

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