The Dead, the Dollars, the Drones: 9/11 Era by the Numbers

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    Great charts from Wired.com! But the first one is interactive, so hover your mouse over each square to get a breakdown of spending/deaths/drones.



    The Dead, the Dollars, the Drones: 9/11 Era by the Numbers


    Ever since the Twin Towers fell, the United States has been at war. The costs of that decade of conflict have been unimaginably high: trillions of dollars spent, hundreds of thousands of lives lost. The numbers are almost too big to grasp, let alone quantify. The graphics below are our incomplete attempt to do so.


    These figures are also a way of showing the radical transformation the U.S. military has undergone during the 9/11 era. Drones, once an afterthought in tactical plans, have become a central component, flying millions of hours in combat. Special operations forces have added tens of thousands to their ranks. Bomb-resistant armored vehicles, absent from the American arsenal in 2001, are now a primary means of battlefield transportation — even as Afghanistan’s militants find new ways to render them irrelevant.


    We know how many American troops have been killed in this decade’s wars. How many Afghans and Iraqis have lost their lives isn’t clear. The United Nations only started keeping reliable statistics on Afghanistan’s casualties in 2007. The estimates for the number of dead Iraqis vary by 1,000 percent or more. And even if these conflicts last another 10 years, the final toll may never be known.

    You can dive into the data behind these graphics — and check the sourcing of the numbers we’ve used. The chart below is interactive. Mouse over the year headings and the data blocks to view additional details.
     
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    America brought the war to the enemy. Instead of wringing our hands and waiting for another inevitable attack we struck back and toppled a ruthless dictator. Democrats authorized boots on the ground and then they sat back and sniped at the president and the Military and pretended to be interested bystanders. The senate majority leader tried to influence the morale of the Troops by telling them the war in Iraq was lost. He should be in jail. The American Military went farther, faster than any other time in History and took more real estate with less casualties. It makes me proud.
     
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    C'mon now, go easy on the dimocrats. Maybe they're all as dumb as Hillary who later said she didn't realize voting for the war actually meant we'd go to war.
     
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    No maybe about it. Look at this post. Dimwits are DUMB!!
     
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    Report: US Building Secret Drone Bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula
    September 21, 2011 - The United States is reported to be expanding a secret drone program in east Africa and the Arabian peninsula in order to gather intelligence and strike al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia and Yemen.
     

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