Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Under Obama, US Casualty Rate in Afghanistan Jumped 5-Fold

Our president is incompetent. In January 2010, Obama added 30,000 additional troops in Afghanistan because the needed support was dire. Today, Obama is withdrawing 33,000 troops from Afghanistan. The first phase of the pull out is 10,000 troops by December 2011. The completion (23,000 troops) will occur before the 2012 election. The pull out is publicity stunt to appease the anti-war supporters. If 30,000 troops were needed in Afghanistan last year, removing 33,000 troops will not improve the situation.

( - The average monthly casualty rate for U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan has increased 5-fold since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009.

1,540 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since Oct. 7,2001, when U.S. forces began action in that country to oust the Taliban regime that had been harboring al Qaeda and to track down and capture or kill al Qaeda terrorists.

During the Bush presidency, which ended on Jan. 20, 2009 with the inauguration of President Obama, U.S. troops were present in Afghanistan for 87.4 months and suffered 570 casualties—a rate of 6.5 deaths per month.

During the Obama presidency, through today, U.S. troops have been present in Afghanistan for 29.1 months and have suffered 970 casualties—a rate of 33.3 deaths per month.

This evening President Obama is expected to announce the scope of U.S. troop withdrawals set to begin next month.