Afghanistan, August 2012

I’m not sure how the New York Times decided that August was the month in which the US military suffered its 2,000th death in the Afghanistan war. The way I see it, that happened back in June.

Afghanistan, August 2012

I’ve been getting my figures from icasualties.org, which documents its figures, corrects them from time to time, and has always seemed pretty reliable.

Maybe the Times is only considering deaths that occurred in Afghanistan. That figure apparently did just pass 2,000, but doesn’t include troops who died after being transferred to hospitals outside Afghanistan. Whatever the calculation, it was good to see a major news outlet—the major news outlet—acknowledge the continuing cost of a war that grinds on with little continuing support and no continuing accomplishments.


4 Responses to “Afghanistan, August 2012”

  1. john says:

    What do you think about the fact that in some places, girls are now allowed to go to school?

  2. Dr. Drang says:

    “No continuing accomplishments,” John, not “no accomplishments ever.” I thought it was right to invade Afghanistan in 2001 and still think so. But I don’t think we belong there anymore.

    Let’s be clear, though: we didn’t invade Afghanistan so little girls could go to school. I hope you’re not suggesting we did.

  3. John says:

    I’m very surprised you thought it was a good idea in 01. What has changed since then?

  4. Clark says:

    We defeated Al Queda largely, we made the Taliban think twice before helping them, and we killed Osama Bin Laden.