John Hinderaker's essay on casualties is simply astounding, especially this piece of badly-needed perspective:
...between 1983 and 1996, 18,006 American military personnel died accidentally in the service of their country. That death rate of 1,286 per year exceeds the rate of combat deaths in Iraq by a ratio of nearly two to one.Twice as high as high as in Iraq. Now, I'm a news junkie, and I was amazed to hear that. I would wager not 1 in 100 people know that fact.