Although most of the war in Afghanistan was prosecuted during the George W. Bush years, the lion’s share of casualties occurred on President Obama’s watch.
After al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four jetliners and drove them into the World Trade Center’s twin towers and the Pentagon, then augured the last into a Pennsylvania field 12 years ago, Bush 43 declared a war on terror, and in October 2001, U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan.
That was 143 months ago — our very own 12-year war.
Eighty-seven of those months, or 61 percent, were on Bush’s watch; 56 months, or 39 percent, were on Obama’s.
From the war’s launch through Sept. 10, a total of 2,144 U.S. servicemen and women gave their lives, according to CNS News.
1,575 of the U.S. military personnel who have sacrificed their lives in this cause were killed during the presidency of Barack Obama.
That means 73 percent of the casualties in the Afghan War have happened on Barack Obama’s watch.
Under President George W. Bush, from 2001 until Jan. 20, 2009, 569 U.S. military personnel were killed in and around Afghanistan fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Stated differently, U.S. wartime casualties in and around Afghanistan under Obama were almost three times those when Bush was commander-in-chief, even though Obama prosecuted appreciably fewer months.
Casualty numbers immediately skyrocketed in 2009, the year President Obama took over. They more than doubled from 151 in 2008 to 303 in 2009. CNS reported the yearly totals as follows:
2001: 5, 2002: 30, 2003: 31, 2004: 49, 2005: 94, 2006: 87, 2007: 111, 2008: 151, 2009: 303, 2010: 497, 2011: 494 and 2012: 294.
In addition, there were 91 casualties from Jan. 1, 2013, to Sept. 10, 2013.
Obama also has presided over the top five deadliest months of the war, which include: August 2011, when there were 71 deaths; July 2010, when there were 65 deaths; June 2010, when there were 60 deaths; October 2009, when there were 58 deaths; and August 2010, when there were 55 deaths.
Admittedly, one can’t simply look at the raw data and conclude the escalation in battlefield deaths is solely attributable to the policies of the president. However, U.S. military power has steadily declined since Obama assumed office, while the military might of Russia, China and Iran has increased, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Then factor in the current administration’s “lead from behind” foreign policy of appeasement that emboldens our enemies while worrying our allies, and one has to ask — who do you prefer as commander-in-chief?
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