How to Measure Modern Military Success

Tyler Cowen writes:

Already, hundreds more American troops have been killed in Afghanistan during the less than three years of the Obama administration than during the eight years of the George W. Bush administration.

Here is more.  I don’t think that “# of Americans killed” is a good final standard for right and wrong, still I believe many Americans would be shocked to see this comparison.

I am moderately shocked (if that’s possible).   The count is about 1067 to 660 according to the link.

I agree with Tyler that “# of Americans killed” is not a good final standard.  Perhaps “progress made” / “# of Americans killed” (or even better replace ‘Americans’ with ‘people’).  Is there a meaningful difference in “progress made” between Pres. Obama and Pres. Bush, other than the killing of Bin Laden?

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About brianbergfeld
I am an economics PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis.

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