Katie Couric's Notebook: War By The Numbers

Hi everyone.

Four years after the invasion of Iraq, it's a good time to take stock.

Since the war began...3,192 US troops have been killed. More than 24,000 have been wounded. At least 50,000 Iraqi civilians have died.

The cost has been at least 351 billion dollars...and is projected to exceed half a trillion by the end of this year.

Oil production and electricity distribution are both below pre-war levels.

Just last month, bombings that killed multiple people were up, and 150 Iraqi army and police officers died, and 3 US helicopters were lost.

On the other hand, 70% of Iraqis voted in their last election. Unemployment is down. Inflation is down from 50% to 20%. And the White House says that violence is now down by one quarter.

For four years, many voices have spoken out on the war. Today, I thought we'd just let the numbers speak for themselves.

That's a page from my notebook.
  • Katie Couric

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