Now that certain of our elected representatives in Washington are contemplating launching a new war with Iran, might it be worth thinking for a moment about whether or not we are making progress with our two long-standing wars (in Iraq and Afghanistan)?
One could certainly discuss what would constitute valid indicators of progress, but certainly the level of U.S. forces deaths is one relevant measure. The graph below shows monthly totals for U.S. troop fatalities in Iraq between January and August of 2006 and 2007. Note that the totals are higher every month this year than the comparable month last year. Other indicators will be added in the future. Thanks to Juan Cole for suggesting this graph. Those who wish to make use of it, be my guest.