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Know of a good place to get concrete stats on the war?

Asked by girlfriday (193 points ) June 21st, 2007

for example: percentage of tax dollars spent, cost to date, number of people killed (on all sides), countries involved (verbally, monetarily, people-y), number of people wounded, salary of soldiers, entities that benefited the most, primary form of engagement, increased military spending took tax dollars away from what programs? Thanks.

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Michael's avatar

http://icasualties.org/ gives detailed breakdowns of coalition casualties, both killed and wounded. That's a place to start. As for Iraqi casualties, there are no "concrete" numbers. There are estimates. One study by epidemioligists at Johns Hopkins put the civilian toll at around 650,000, though many others criticized that number as much too high. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/10/AR2006101001442.html for a little more on that.

Mangus's avatar

http://www.iraqbodycount.org/

Gives an overall range of the reported Iraqi civilian deaths, with methodical citation for every number added, noting which sources reported each incident and the estimates for each individual estimate.

“Data is drawn from cross-checked media reports, hospital, morgue, NGO and official figures to produce a credible record of known deaths and incidents.”

Hard to imagine a better system given the factors involved.

khebe25's avatar

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/

This is more piecemeal, but it has interesting and accurate information. The DoD publications section will have information about the financial aspects: http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/. You should also be able to find soldier’s salary tables there by searching for it. All information from the department of defense should be accurate, even if the interpretation has a bias towards the war.

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George W. Bush?

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