Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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Originally Posted by Botnst
Vietnam: 160,000 wounded : 56,000 dead.
Iraq: 48,000 wounded : 3,000 dead
Medical burden, yes. But still considerably less than Viet Nam.
Completely apples and oranges at this juncture.
But we are only in the first years of Iraq. Any comparison shows that the number of deaths for the first 4 years in Iraq is actually much higher than in Viet Nam in the same period. Part of that is due to limited troops in the first two years of VN but the second two year period is much closer.
Also you had the a fully funded opposition against the US in VietNam, supported with heavy weapons, aircraft and artillery/SAMs not just "the last throes of insurgency".
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.
Last edited by mcbear; 03-26-2007 at 11:54 AM.