4,000 U.S deaths in Iraq since the war began five years ago. The Associated Press has one way of calculating the death toll, The New York Times and Department of Defense another. Regardless of the exact number, it is exactly that number too many. Of course, this is just the number of U.S. dead in Iraq. Another 485 in Afghanistan (remember Afghanistan?), and civilian deaths owing to hostile action estimated to be around 100,000.
We honor the memory and sacrifice of our servicepeople, and mourn all those lost in these conflicts.