Post-American Iraq By The Numbers

golfAs we pull our troops out following eight years in Iraq, Barack Obama earlier this week called it a “moment of success” that came at heavy cost — “nearly 4,500 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice.” The president made no mention of the cost to Iraqis, so Juan Cole has this to add:

Population of Iraq: 30 million

Percentage of Iraqis who lived in slum conditions in 2000: 17

Percentage of Iraqis
who live in slum conditions in 2011: 50

Number of the 30 million Iraqis living below the poverty line: 7 million.

Number of Iraqis who died of violence 2003-2011: 150,000 to 400,000.

Orphans in Iraq
: 4.5 million.

Orphans living in the streets: 600,000.

Number of women, mainly widows, who are primary breadwinners in family: 2 million.

Iraqi refugees displaced by the American war to Syria: 1 million

Internally displaced persons in Iraq: 1.3 million

Proportion of displaced persons who have returned home since 2008: 1/8

Rank of Iraq on Corruption Index among 182 countries: 175

39 Comments on "Post-American Iraq By The Numbers"

  1. Tio Holtzman | Dec 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm |

    Mission Accomplished!  Yeehaw!

  2. Tio Holtzman | Dec 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm |

    Mission Accomplished!  Yeehaw!

    • Certainly was, billions in military industrial profits and a threat to the power of Israel destroyed, mind boggling when you consider Israel invested maybe 25 million dollars in corrupting US politics over that period in order to get the US to blow 600 billion dollars around 10 billion of which went straight into Israeli coffers.
      As far as Israel is concerned mission accomplished without doubt.

  3. My tax dollars at work!

    *pisses in a Republican’s face*

  4. My tax dollars at work!

    *pisses in a Republican’s face*

  5. Anonymous | Dec 17, 2011 at 12:12 am |

    you forgot to mention ALL the WMD’s that were found…?

  6. you forgot to mention ALL the WMD’s that were found…?

    • Hadrian999 | Dec 17, 2011 at 12:01 am |

      it’s funny all the crap they tried to build into WMD’s when i was there, one officer tried to claim ww1 era chlorine gas arty shells were proof of wmds it was such a joke

  7. Camron Wiltshire | Dec 17, 2011 at 12:59 am |

    Great post.  God almighty….. I will continue to do all I can to end war.  I hope the “measles of mankind” will soon find a cure.  

  8. Great post.  God almighty….. I will continue to do all I can to end war.  I hope the “measles of mankind” will soon find a cure.  

  9. Anonymous | Dec 17, 2011 at 1:10 am |

    I feel sorry for those Americans who lost love ones in this war and know that it was all for nothing.

  10. I feel sorry for those Americans who lost love ones in this war and know that it was all for nothing.

  11. another tragedy is that most Iraqis believe the wee the sheeple
    approved of these atrocities
    because Amerika is a democracy
    and therefore its government represents the will of the people

  12. BuzzCoastin | Dec 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm |

    another tragedy is that most Iraqis believe the wee the sheeple
    approved of these atrocities
    because Amerika is a democracy
    and therefore its government represents the will of the people

  13. When you look at what corporate America did in Iraq, you should remember that it’s exactly what they’d like to do to us Americans. 

  14. When you look at what corporate America did in Iraq, you should remember that it’s exactly what they’d like to do to us Americans. 

  15. I love the smell of freedom in the morning…it smells like…

    …well, in this case…kind of a cross between a charnel house and an open sewer.

    If they were any freer…there wouldn’t be anyone left alive to complain about it.

  16. I love the smell of freedom in the morning…it smells like…

    …well, in this case…kind of a cross between a charnel house and an open sewer.

    If they were any freer…there wouldn’t be anyone left alive to complain about it.

    • Hadrian999 | Dec 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm |

      it’s like the lady sang it -Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose
      they are the epitome of free

  17. Hadrian999 | Dec 17, 2011 at 3:40 am |

    anything who thought this would end well was insane

  18. Hadrian999 | Dec 16, 2011 at 11:40 pm |

    anything who thought this would end well was insane

  19. Hadrian999 | Dec 17, 2011 at 3:41 am |

    it’s like the lady sang it -Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose
    they are the epitome of free

  20. Hadrian999 | Dec 17, 2011 at 4:01 am |

    it’s funny all the crap they tried to build into WMD’s when i was there, one officer tried to claim ww1 era chlorine gas arty shells were proof of wmds it was such a joke

  21. I fought the war
    I fought the war
    But the war won’t stop for the love of God

    I fought the war
    I fought the war
    But the war won!

    -Metric

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBtOWXNPQ_w

  22. I fought the war
    I fought the war
    But the war won’t stop for the love of God

    I fought the war
    I fought the war
    But the war won!

    -Metric

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBtOWXNPQ_w

  23. Serialexperiments | Dec 17, 2011 at 7:50 am |

    These are genocide type numbers. We let this happen…

  24. Serialexperiments | Dec 17, 2011 at 3:50 am |

    These are genocide type numbers. We let this happen…

    • Irving Greenfiedl | Dec 17, 2011 at 11:36 am |

      These are genocide type numbers.
      Says who?…………150,000 – 400,000 out of 30,000,000 is hardly genocide.

      • Big Numbers | Dec 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm |

        gen·o·cide/ˈjenəˌsīd/
        Noun:The deliberate killing of a large group of people, esp. those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

  25. Mr Willow | Dec 17, 2011 at 8:20 am |

    And just think, in a decade or two—if complete collapse has been eluded that long—we’ll all get to experience again, because all the orphans and displaced homeless people we created will attack us in retribution. 

    Don’t you just love endless cycles of violence? 

  26. Mr Willow | Dec 17, 2011 at 4:20 am |

    And just think, in a decade or two—if complete collapse has been eluded that long—we’ll all get to experience again, because all the orphans and displaced homeless people we created will attack us in retribution. 

    Don’t you just love endless cycles of violence? 

  27. Irving Greenfiedl | Dec 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm |

    These are genocide type numbers.
    Says who?…………150,000 – 400,000 out of 30,000,000 is hardly genocide.

  28. Top of the USA budget ?
    “Defense” (that’s how they call it).
    And who pays and contributes to the war ? “we” the american people.
    Stop saying that we’re not responsible, that our soldiers aren’t responsible…

  29. Top of the USA budget ?
    “Defense” (that’s how they call it).
    And who pays and contributes to the war ? “we” the american people.
    Stop saying that we’re not responsible, that our soldiers aren’t responsible…

  30. Hadrian999 | Dec 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm |

    i wish you luck but don’t have much hope for success

  31. Anonymous | Dec 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm |

    Certainly was, billions in military industrial profits and a threat to the power of Israel destroyed, mind boggling when you consider Israel invested maybe 25 million dollars in corrupting US politics over that period in order to get the US to blow 600 billion dollars around 10 billion of which went straight into Israeli coffers.
    As far as Israel is concerned mission accomplished without doubt.

  32. Big Numbers | Dec 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm |

    gen·o·cide/ˈjenəˌsīd/
    Noun:The deliberate killing of a large group of people, esp. those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

  33. sirfunkenstine | Jun 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm |

    That doesnt really make any sense. corporate America would like to kill 400,000 Americans force 7 million below the poverty line and orphan 2 million kids??

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