U.S. Wounded - The Hidden Toll of Obama's Surge
More than seventy-one percent of all U.S. wounded (9,256) from the 9-year-old war in Afghanistan have occurred in the 22 months since President Barack Obama became Commander in Chief on January 20, 2009. Some 6,566 Americans have been wounded since Obama began his ill-advised surge in February 2009. Is this the change Americans wanted when they voted for Barack Obama?
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Cole Reece provides care to U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Duralde of Bravo Troop 1-71 CAV after he was injured by an IED blast June 25, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Nearly 600 americans have been wounded in Afghanistan every month since June 2010.
During his first month in office President Obama sent 17,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
LIFE, 16 April 1965
Helicopter crew chief James C. Farley shouts to his crew while wounded pilot Lt. James E. Magel lies dying beside him, March 31, 1965. This photo by Larry Burrows is one of LIFE's most memorable covers from the Vietnam War.
LIFE, 11 February 1966
LIFE magazine brought the painful reality of the Vietnam War home to millions of Americans every week. Henri Huet's historic photograph was the cover photo for February 11, 1966. Why don't we have this kind of photo journalism anymore? How has the media gone from covering the war to supporting the war?
Dickey Chapelle, war photo journalist (1919-1965)
Last rites for Dickey Chapelle
(Photo - Henri Huet)
Over Chu Lai in a free fall dive
In a dawn patrol to cover the dead zone ground
She tiptoed through the land mines
All along the enemy lines
But she never saw the one that took her down
She captured the bloody pearls of war so well
That war was bound to steal the end of Dickey Chapelle
- from “Pearl’s Eye View” (The Life of Dickey Chapelle)
"Facing Reality in Afghanistan" October 4, 2010