Monday, September 06, 2004

269 Days Later 

Our venerated colleague Thomas Schaller of The Gadflyer notes that today marks the 269th day since the capture of Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003.

Why is this milestone of interest? Because Saddam's capture came exactly 269 days after the U.S. invasion of Iraq began on March 19, 2003, and thus exactly bisects the span of the hostilites.

To measure the success of the "liberation," one has merely to compare the casualty figures from before and after this supposed turning point:
Before capture: 459 American fatalities (1.71/day)
After capture: 534 American fatalities (1.99/day)
(And as long as you're there, scroll down and read Sean Aday on Schwarzenegger's role model.)

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