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Wounded in iraq: how many?

I have been wondering how many US troops have been injured in Iraq. I keep seeing the "casualty" (read: killed) count in newspapers, which offers a nice "small" (in comparison, sadly) number that isn't "too bad" for the public to see. But what is the real story? I have done a little searching.
I started wondering about how many troops have been hurt in Iraq. Hurt, not killed. I started asking people. Many, incorrectly, quoted numbers close to the "casualty" (how is that for misleading?) counts reported in the mainstream media; guessing roughly around 300-1000. This is, logically, smaller than the number wounded, but by how much?

What I found in a few google searches is really disturbing to me. Why aren't the papers reporting these numbers and stories more often? In times of declining military enlistment, I think the readers of this site know why.

So how many wounded have their been? It is hard to gauge. I can guess at this point it is well over 10,000 as indicated by this article, conveniently title "Toll on U.S. troops in Iraq grows as wounded rolls approach 10,000". A couple notes on this article:

  • It is defines what is wounded in this sentence: "9,675 U.S. troops have been killed, wounded, injured such as in accidents, or become sick enough to require airlifting out of Iraq." This seems like a fair definition to me. Arguably, this could include something such as severe flu or food poisoning (etc) in the count; but it still seems like a decent way to count wounded.
  • The article was written on November 28 2003 making its count certainly substantially lower than what must be the current count.

As I said, it's hard to find "official" figures (for reasons that seem obvious to me). But there are some sites that are counting wounded or at least relating their stories. In a way, these are even more powerful to me, as you can just imagine these stories being multiplied (let's be conservative) 5,000 times. An excellent -- or should I say horrific? -- example of this is the site memory hole, which recounts soldiers' tales of injuries and has photos as well. Remember, there may be as many as 10,000 (or more?) in similar state.

And what of this article from October 16, 2003: Brain injuries take toll on US soldiers? The quote that jumped out of me in this one is:

According to military officials, roughly 20 percent of the wounds suffered by the troops in Iraq have been severe brain injuries. And Major General Kevin C. Kiley, commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, said that figure does not even take into account milder neural injuries. He estimated that as many as 70 percent of the wounds suffered by US forces in Iraq had the potential for resulting in brain injury.

Amazing. Terrifying. You do the math.

There is plenty more that can be fairly easily researched out there. (I have been searching both regular google and news.google.com, using combinations of "iraq troops wounded" or "iraq troops injured".) I guess my whole point is that, to me, this is the kind of information people need to know about. This help make people see how wrong this is.

And, finally, for those who are compassionate humans, I just want to add this to think about. These numbers, these 10,000-plus wounded, are the ones "protected" by the most advanced military power on the planet, with billions of dollars of technology. What kind of nightmarish reality must there be over there for "the enemy"? I wish I could believe the numbers were smaller. Or similar. Or even double. But we aren't even hearing about "our own" people being hurt, so I don't suspect we will ever know.

try this link 31.Jan.2004 06:43

scroll down

they have coalition KIA statistics near the top of the page,

and wounded below that.


Here's something we don't see from the mainstream media 31.Jan.2004 10:54

Graywolf

All of this was caused by fraudulent policy coming out of the Deserter (Supreme Count selected) fraud sitting in the oval office to give his oil buddies a chance to grab the oil wells in Iraq. And the Military Industrial Complex aka ABC,CBS,MSNBC,CNBC,FOX,CNN (AOL time wenner et al),NYT,WASHPOST, all sit quietly by making DUBYA their crown king of terror happy. After all these same network news agencies also make WMD's to sale to the World at large to kill more human beings. YET, they tell you to support the our Troops! They sure as hell don't! Bring all of our men and women home alive not in BODY BAGS hidden away so we Americans can't see them being buried. Who knows if they a buried with full Honor Guard or not? We can't view the burial of every follen Solders coming home from Iraq in BLACK BODY BAGS. All is just rosy and don't you worry about the wounded and our follen solders now. Just go on about your normal business and leave us (media, DUBYA) alone now, you hear! That's message out of the oval office and the mainstream network no-news talking heads that bring the evening news cast. Damnit I do care! All of this was done in our name, and we need to stand up and be heard once and for all! A war build upon lies and carried out in our name. We can't bring the lost lifes from this insane illegal war, we can't mend thet broken hearts on love one's left behind. But we can impeach the fraud!
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Graywolf's comment 31.Jan.2004 12:29

Nopey Duke

Graywolf makes good points:

All of this was caused by fraudulent policy coming out of the Deserter (Supreme Count selected) fraud sitting in the oval office to give his oil buddies a chance to grab the oil wells in Iraq. ... All of this was done in our name, and we need to stand up and be heard once and for all! A war built upon lies and carried out in our name. We can't bring the lost lifes from this insane illegal war, we can't mend the broken hearts on love one's left behind.

However, Graywolf's idea, "But we can impeach the fraud! " omits one very important fact: NOT with the current totally Republican-controlled Congress!

ESPECIALLY if Bush is (re?)elected, we need to vote Republicans out of Congress. (And out of the Oregon House and the Oregon Senate!) Replace them with Democrats --- better yet, with Greens!

Meanwhile, there is something that we can do:

TOUGH LOVE: INTERVENTION DAY for an ADDICT (and an ADDICTION) ! !

It's time for an intervention. The government of the U.S.A. is sick, addicted . . . to war, to violence, to the delusion of the "magic hand" that cures every social ill through the operation of "market mechanisms", to trade imbalance, to deficit financing, to over-consumption, to corporate control of the media, AND, as with all addictions, to LIES that may even be believed by the ADDICT HIMSELF:

Thus, the government of the U.S.A. (the global corporations that control the U.S.A.) offers excuses and lies to the AMERICAN PEOPLE, hoping to get the American people addicted to lies, to the fantasy of super-heroes and SuperAmerica, to steroids and crank and OxyContin, to mindless television and other forms of paternalistic panaceas and "passive-ism":

But we know that addicts cannot just quit. That's when an intervention is called for.

So, ALL friends and family of the U.S.A. (the people and the spirit) need to get together and force the ADDICT to see what it is and GET INTO RECOVERY !! Yes, friends of the U.S.A. from all over the world still love US and that's why they are holding the
intervention ALL AROUND THE WORLD. But the intervention needs to get in the face of the addict,
up close, and CONFRONT the illusions and the delusions --- the PATHOLOGY of the addiction. THAT'S WHERE AMERICAN PATRIOTS -- NO ONE ELSE CAN DO THE JOB -- ARE NEEDED, on the streets, March 20, 2004.

Greens, Reds, Reformists, Democrats, Libertarians, yes, and even enlightened Republicans: Put your arguments aside (you can still bring whatever message you want on the sign you carry) and FORM A UNITED FRONT -- NOT just in the election circus, but ON THE STREETS ! !

LET'S DO IT!! MARCH 20, 2004!!

This date marks the One-Year Anniversary of the Bush Administration's Unilateral Attack on the Iraqi Nation and People. Since that time, an estimated 16,000 Iraqis have been killed, and at least 500 American servicemen and women have died and ten thousand have been severely injured or sickened as the result of their government's illegal actions.

IT'S TIME TO GET BACK IN THE STREETS ON SATURDAY,

MARCH 20, 2004

AND SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE WILL NEVER ACCEPT THIS BARBARIC AND MURDEROUS INVASION INTENDED ONLY FOR THE ENRICHMENT OF GLOBAL CORPORATIONS AND THE POLITICAL GAINS OF OUR ILLEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT.

ALL THE PROTESTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS PRIOR TO THE 2003 INVASION WERE SO NECESSARY AND IMPORTANT. BUT NOW IT'S EVEN MORE CRITICAL THAT WE PUBLICLY DISPLAY THE CONTINUING OPPOSITION OF AMERICANS TO THIS
BLOOD-DRENCHED MADNESS, THIS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY COMMITTED DAILY IN OUR NAMES.

Now it's time to show how much we oppose the killing, how much we oppose the lies, how much we oppose the
government cabal, how much we oppose a future dominated by violence and bloodshed created and perpetrated by our nation.

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2004