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‘Mission Accomplished’ By The Numbers

On May 1, 2003, President Bush stood underneath a “Mission Accomplished” banner and announced that “Major combat operations have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”

Here’s a look at the situation then compared to the situation now, by the numbers:

May 1, 2003TodayU.S. Troops Wounded54217,469U.S. Troops Killed1392,400Size of U.S. Forces150,000132,000Size of Iraqi Security Forces7,000–9000250,500Number of Insurgents5,00015,000–20,000Insurgent Attacks Per Day875Cost to U.S. Taxpayers$79 billion$320 billionApproval of Bush’s Handling of Iraq75%37%Percentage of Americans who Believe The Iraq War Was “Worth Fighting”70%41%Bush’s Overall Job Approval71%38%

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