As we finish the last few days of the Bush presidency, our nation faces many problems. We are facing a global economic crisis. But Iâ€™ve noticed that itâ€™s been quite a while since Iâ€™ve seen any coverage of our undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the media.
So I thought it was time to remind readers that soldiers are dying every day overseas. For the life of me, I canâ€™t even recall the reason we were given for being there.
As of January 11, 2009, 4,226 Americans have been killed in Iraq. Another 30,934 wounded.
In Afghanistan, there are an additional 638 dead American servicemembers.
To put that into perspective, thatâ€™s nearly the entire population of Villa Park â€“ every man, woman, and child â€“ dead. And almost the whole city of Laguna Hills in the wounded category.
I wish our new President well in ending these wars as quickly as possible.
Data from icasualties.org and US Census.
Orange County Military Deaths, by City:
Anaheim â€“ 3 dead
Brea â€“ 1 dead
Cypress â€“ 1 dead
Fullerton â€“ 2 dead
Garden Grove â€“ 1 dead
Huntington Beach â€“ 2 dead
Irvine â€“ 5 dead
La Habra â€“ 1 dead
Mission Viejo â€“ 3 dead
Orange â€“ 5 dead
Placentia â€“ 3 dead
San Clemente â€“ 1 dead
San Juan Capistrano â€“ 1 dead
Santa Ana â€“ 3 dead
Westminster â€“ 1 dead
Yorba Linda â€“ 1 dead