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Mission Accomplished: Five Years On

On May 1, 2003, President Bush gave a speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, declaring “mission accomplished” in Iraq and announcing the end of major combat operations.  In the five years that have followed, however, those words have rung hollow.  The conflict in Iraq has continued, with devastating consequences for American troops and for the Iraqi people, while the economic and national security costs of staying the course behind the Administration’s flawed strategy have continued to escalate.  More than 97 percent of U.S. troop casualties have occurred since President Bush stated the mission was “accomplished”, tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, and hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, yet today we appear to be no closer to achieving victory in Iraq under the Bush Administration’s open-ended strategy.    

Costs of the war in Iraq

As of
May 1, 2003

Today

U.S. troops killed  (Department of Defense, 4/30/08)

139

4,058

U.S. troops wounded  (Department of Defense, 4/30/08)

545

29,911

U.S. troops in Iraq  (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 4/24/08)

150,000

155,000

Cost of the war to U.S. taxpayers  (Associated Press, 4/13/03; CRS, 4/11/08)

$79 billion

$526 billion

Americans who believe the Iraq war was “worth fighting”  (Washington Post-ABC Poll)

70 percent

 34 percent

Estimated number of Iraqi civilians killed   (Christian Science Monitor, 5/22/03; Iraq Body Count, 4/30/08)

5,000 – 10,000

83,221 – 90,782

Number of Iraqis who have fled their homes (UNHCR)

N/A

4.7 million

Number of Iraqi security forces  (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 4/24/08)

7,000-9,000

444,502

Iraqi prison population  (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 4/24/08)

10,000

43,000

Number of daily attacks by insurgents and militias in Iraq  (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 10/1/07; 4/24/08)

N/A

54.7

Number of multiple fatality bombings in Iraq  (Brookings Institution, Iraq Index, 4/24/08)

0

1,714

Number of suicide attacks in Iraq  (Washington Post, 4/18/08)

0

920

Number of suicide attacks in Afghanistan  (The Century Foundation, 6/10/05; U.N. 9/1/07; 3/6/08)

1

 > 300

Number of terrorist safe havens for al Qaeda’s central leadership on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan  (National Intelligence Estimate, July 2007)

0

1

Price of oil  (U.S. Department of Energy)

$26.03/barrel

$115.63/barrel

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