Obama vs Bush Counter Explanation

The figures used in our casualty count come from iCasualties.org. By going to this page, choosing "US" for nationality, "All Fatalities" for Fatality Type, and "Afghanistan Only" for Theatre, you will generate a month-by-month breakdown of US casualties in Afghanistan since 2001. On August 17th, 2010, the table displayed the following data:

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2001 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 2 3 7
2002 10 1 9 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 30
2003 4 1 8 2 1 2 1 4 1 3 6 0 33
2004 9 2 3 1 8 4 2 3 4 5 7 1 49
2005 2 1 5 18 4 26 2 15 11 4 2 3 93
2006 1 7 7 1 11 18 9 10 6 10 7 1 88
2007 0 12 3 8 11 12 13 18 8 9 11 6 111
2008 7 1 7 5 16 28 20 22 27 16 1 3 153
2009 14 15 13 6 12 24 44 51 37 59 17 18 310
2010 30 31 24 19 34 60 65 15 -- -- -- -- 278

Total: 1152 (as of August 17th, 2010)

We attribute deaths from the initial invasion to January 20th, 2009 -- the day President Obama was inaugurated -- to President Bush's administration. Deaths occurring from January 20th, 2009, inclusive, are attributed to President Obama's administration. Referring to the day by day breakdown of US casualties for January 2009, we get 11 deaths before January 20th, 0 on January 20th, and 3 after the 20th.

Deaths by Time Period: Bush
2001-2008 564
Jan 1-19 2009 11

Bush Total: 575

Deaths by Time Period: Obama
Feb 2009-2010 574
Jan 20-31 2009 3

Obama Total: 577 (as of August 17th, 2010)

For more information, please see Robert Naiman's original blog post.

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