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There Were More Military Deaths During The Clinton Presidency Than During the George W. Bush Presidency-Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor:  
The forwarded email lists year-by-year statistics of military deaths from 1980 through 2006 and concludes that there were more deaths during the years of the presidency of Bill Clinton, when there was no war, than during the years of George W. Bush when there was war in Iraq and conflict in Afghanistan.
The Truth:  
Whoever assembled this eRumor claimed that it was based on statistics from the U.S. Government, but the figures in the eRumor do not match the figures in the actual government report it references.

The eRumor includes a link to the report, which was dated June 29, 2007, and prepared by the Congressional Research Service.  It is titled American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics.

Whoever created this forwarded email exaggerated the death statistics from the Clinton years and reduced the actual numbers from the Bush years.  The eRumor, for example. claims that there were more than 14,000 deaths during the Clinton presidency and a little more than 7,000 deaths during the presidency of George W. Bush.
 In reality the opposite is true.  There were 7500 military deaths during the Clinton years and as of the date of the report, 8792 deaths during the Bush presidency.

Here is a comparison of what the email claims compared with with the government report actually says:

The doctored data were from the Clinton and George W. Bush years so that is the focus of this comparison.  The discrepancies are in red:
 
 
Year eRumor
Figures
Actual
Figures
Presidency
1993 1213 1213 Clinton
1994 1075 1075 Clinton
1995 2465 1040 Clinton
1996 2318 974 Clinton
1997 817 817 Clinton
1998 2252 827 Clinton
1999 1984 796 Clinton
2000 1983 758 Clinton
Totals: 14107 7500  
2001 890 891 George W. Bush
2002 1007 999 George W. Bush
2003 1410 1228 George W. Bush
2004 1887 1874 George W. Bush
2005 919 1942 George W. Bush
2006 920 1858 George W. Bush
Totals: 7033 8792  

The eRumor also says that there were more deaths during the year 1980 in the Carter years than the worst year under George W. Bush.  Even with the corrected figures, that appears to be true.  There were 2392 deaths in 1980 and the highest number of deaths during any given year at the time of the date of the report were 1942 in 2005.

Updated 9/11/08

 
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Whatever your politics, however you lean, however you feel about the War on Terrorism, this report should open some eyes.
________________________________________________________
Military Losses, 1980 through 2006

These are some rather eye-opening facts. Since the start of the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sacrifice has been enormous. In the time period from the invasion of Iraq< B> in March 2003 through today, we have lost over 3,000 military personnel to enemy action and accidents. As tragic as the loss of any member of the US Armed Forces is, consider the following statistics:

The annual fatalities of military members while actively serving in the armed forces from 1980 through 2006:< /STRONG>
1980 ........... 2,392 (Carter Year)
1981 .......... 2,380 (Reagan Year)
1984 ........... 1,999 (Reagan Year)
1988 .......... 1,819 (Reagan Year)
1989 ........... 1,636 (Bush, George HW Year)
1990 .......... 1,508 (Bush, George HW Year)
1991 ......... 1,787 (Bush, George HW Year)
1992 ........... 1,293 (Bush, George HW Year)
1993 .......... 1,213 (Clinton Year)
1994 ......... 1,075 (Clinton Year)
1995 ......... 2,465 (Clinton Year)
1996 ......... 2,318 (Clinton Year) Clinton years (1993-2000): 14,000 deaths
1997 ............ 817 (Clinton Year)
1998 ......... 2,252 (Clinton Year)
1999 ......... 1,984 (Clinton Year)
2000 ......... 1,983 (Clinton Year)
2001 ........... 890 (Bush, George W Year)
2002 .......... 1,007 (Bush, George W Year)
2003 .......... 1,410 (Bush, George W Year)
2004 .......... 1,887 (Bush, George W Year) Bush, George W years (2001-2006): 7,033 deaths
2005 ............. 919 (Bush, George W Year)
2006.............. 920 (Bush, George W Year)

If you are confused when you look at these figures, so was I. Do these figures mean that the loss from the two latest conflicts in the Middle East are LESS than the loss of military personnel during Mr. Clinton's presidency; when America w asn't even involved in a war?

And, I was even more confused; when I read that in 1980, during the reign of President (Nobel Peace Prize winner) Jimmy Carter, there were 2,39 2 US military fatalities! -- almost 1/3 MORE than the worst year, 2004, of the Iraq / Afghan War under G.W. Bush!)

These figures indicate that many members of our Media and our Politicians will pick and choose. They present only those 'facts' which support their agenda-driven reporting. Why do so many of them march in lock-step to twist the trut h? Where do so many of them get their marching-orders for their agenda?

The latest census of Americans shows the following distribution of American citizens, by Race:
European descent .. ......................... 69.12%
Hispanic ........................................ 12.5%
Black ............................................. 12.3%
Asian . 3.7%
Native American . 1.0%
Other ................................................ 2.6%

Now... Here are the fatalities by Race; over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom:
European descent ........ ........74.31%
Hispanic ................ .................... 10.74%
Black ............................................ 9.67%
Asian . 1.81%
Native American . 1.09%
Other ........................................... 0.33%

The point here is that our mainstream media continues to spin these figures (for liberal political gain). Nothing more...it's all about politics, and the liberals are famous for turning American against American for a vote.

(These statistics are published by Congressional Research Service, and they may be confirmed by anyone at: http://WWW.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf )

Now ask yourself two questions:

1. 'Why does the mainstream Print and TV Media never print or report statistics like these?'

2. 'Why does the mainstream Print and TV Media hate the world wide web as much as they do?'
< /B> Be sure you do your homework before you place your vote.

'Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.' ~ President Ronald Reagan




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