Almost half (558 out of a total 1,127) U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan have occurred on Barack Obama’s watch.
And a lot more will die now that the enemy knows exactly when we will be leaving.
And the violence is escalating. July 2010 was the deadliest month for U.S forces in Afghanistan, with 66 combat and non-combat fatalities. Counting for both combat and non-combat deaths, the top three bloodiest months for U.S. forces all happened during Obama’s term: July 2010 (66 dead), June 2010 (60 dead), and October 2009 (58 dead).
For the 558 U.S. soldiers who have died so far on Obama’s watch, 513 (about 92 percent) were killed in combat. Those 513 combat-related deaths on Obama’s watch account for more than half of the 963 combat deaths that have taken place since the war began in October 2001.
The 266 combat and non-combat deaths as of July 31 account for almost twice as much (48 percent) of the 127 deaths during the same period (January – July) last year.
The president’s current strategy, established on Dec. 2, 2009, includes the beginning of a drawdown from Afghanistan approximately one year from now in July 2011. According to Gen. David Petraeus, top commander of U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, that plan was not proposed by military officials.
On July 28, CNSNews.com reported that during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Richard Holbrooke, U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, indicated that progress towards the planned July 2011 troop withdrawal was mixed. CNS NEWS