By: E&P Staff
As the toll of Americans killed and wounded in Iraq in November approaches record levels for one month in this war, is the press only telling part of the story?
The Pentagon’s latest official count, provided on Wednesday, listed 1,230 American military killed in Iraq and another 9,300 U.S. troops wounded in action. How seriously? More than 5,000 of the wounded were too badly injured to return to duty. More than 850 troops were reported to have been wounded in action in Falluja so far.
But this only scratches the surface of the total toll.
Earlier this week, CBS?s “60 Minutes” revealed that it had received a letter from the Pentagon declaring: “More than 15,000 troops with so-called ‘non-battle’ injuries and diseases have been evacuated from Iraq.”
These include serious injuries that arise from accidents (vehicular and otherwise), trauma, and severe psychiatric problems. The number is in line with estimates offered earlier this year by United Press International, based on arrivals at the main treatment center in Landstuhl, Germany.
Some of these Landstuhl cases are not serious but according to “60 Minutes” only 20 percent of the evacuees return to their units in Iraq.
None of the non-hostile injuries are included in the casualty count, “leaving the true human cost of the war something of a mystery,? “60 Minutes” states.
The total number of casualties is about 25,000, plus the more than 1,200 killed. Since about 300,000 men and women have served in Iraq, it makes for a casualty rate of about 9%.