A. The Human Cost
1.Iraqi Civilian Deaths
4. Gilbert Burnham, Riyadh Lafta, Shannon Doocy, and Les Roberts,
"Mortality After the 2003 Invasion of Iraq: A Cross-Sectional Cluster Sample Survey," The Lancet (October 11, 2006)
B. The Financial Cost
Cost of America's wars since 2001: Click here
Suicide in the Trenchesby Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)
I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.
In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.
. . . .
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.