Where Does Iraq Stand Among U.S. Wars?
Total Casualties Compare to Spanish-American, Mexican and 1812 Conflicts. With more than 800 U.S. military personnel killed and more than 4,600 wounded, U.S. casualties in Iraq over the past 14 months now compare to those of several of the smaller wars in the nation’s history. In total casualties — that is, combined dead and wounded — the U.S. military now has suffered more in Iraq than in the Spanish-American War. The wounded tally in Iraq — but not the death total — has surpassed the figures for the War of 1812 and the Mexican War. Some military historians and other specialists are beginning to see the Iraq campaign as at least as significant as those other conflicts in its impact on the nation’s politics and public opinion. “Iraq began as an intervention, has now become a minor war and stands to become a medium war as time passes,” said Kalev Sepp, a former Special Forces officer who teaches defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. Full Story