Be Proud, America
Published: May 4, 2011
Reports of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of SEAL Team 6 came late Sunday, sparking celebrations in sports stadiums and downtown New York. Fast on their heels comes the cautionary note: By no means does bin Laden’s death mean the wars—any of them—are over.
U.S. forces killed in Iraq: 4,454
U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan: 1,512
Estimated coalition forces killed in both: 7,211
Estimated cost of the ongoing War on Terror since Sept. 11, 2001: $1.283 trillion.
Cost to the United States of World War II operations, in 2011 dollars: $4.1 trillion
Estimated number excess deaths in Iraq as of 2006: 655,000
In Afghanistan: unknown
Number of Saudis from wealthy families on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List whom the U.S. government holds responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks: 1
Country in which found: Pakistan
Number of Days since George W. Bush stood under a banner reading mission accomplished on May 1, 2003, until bin Laden was killed: 2,922
Hours after Bin Laden’s death announced before former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asserted credit for the Bush administration on his Facebook page: 8
Department of Homeland Security Threat Level the day after bin Laden’s death: unchanged