US Military Casualties: 70,231

Websters defines “Casualty” as: “a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action b: a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed.”

The US .gov and corporate media don’t use Websters anymore.

“The total includes 34,276 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and more than 35,955 dead and medically evacuated (as of Dec. 6, 2008) from “non-hostile” causes.*

The actual total is over 90,000 because the Pentagon chooses not to count as “Iraq casualties” the more than 20,000 veterans whose injuries-mainly brain trauma from explosions–were diagnosed only after they had left Iraq”