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divineserpent
Nov. 14th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
I find these statistics difficult to believe. I'm sure the current number of deaths in Iraq and the war on terrorism is correct, but I seriously doubt the legitimacy of the statistics from Vietnam.
enjoybeing
Nov. 14th, 2003 11:00 pm (UTC)
First 3 years
At first I thought the comparison was with the Vietnam war as a whole,
upon further review, the statement is that:

"The American death toll in Iraq has surpassed the number of United States soldiers killed during the first three years of the Vietnam War."

Also:
"Vietnam casualties, which amounted to 25 deaths from 1956 to 1961, climbed to 53 in 1962, 123 in 1963 and 216 in 1964, Pentagon statistics show.
But not until September 1965, after congress had approved the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, did Washington begin its huge escalation of the war effort. Casualties in Vietnam soared to 1 926 in 1965 and peaked at 16 869 in 1968, the year of the Tet offensive.
More than 58 000 US military personnel died in Vietnam before the war ended."
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