Oct 30 2007
As we come to the end of another month of the Post Surge period in Iraq we see another dramatic drop off in the death toll across the country:
At least 34 American service members have died so far in October, nearly a third from non-combat causes.
It is the lowest number since 32 troops died in March 2006 and the second-lowest since 20 troop deaths in February 2004, according to an Associated Press count based on military figures.
That would be the second consecutive drop in monthly figures, after 65 Americans died in September and 84 in August.
Emphasis mine. If the AP were honest it would track combat death rates, and they would show a much larger drop off. You cannot have 150,000 people deployed and not have a regular death rate from accidents and illnesses. What the AP is telling us is that rate could be around 11 a month (the non-combat deaths). That numbers should be a relatively steady average.
If so then the deaths to the conflict have dropped from 73 in August to 23 in October (assuming 11 per month is just the death rate of a force of 150,000 deployed into theatre). We are reaching a point soon, where the combat casualties will drop to a point to be on par with the normal casualty rate of deployed forces. And then what will the far left say? It is unsafe to deploy our military for any reason????