Though I realize math cannot explain moral issues, the numbers do tell a story. Here are the numbers of military deaths under the last few presidents (hat tip to RedState):
George W. Bush . . . . . 5187 (2001-2004)
Bill Clinton . . . . . . . . . 4302 (1993-1996)
George H.W. Bush . . . . 6223 (1989-1992)
Ronald Reagan . . . . . . 9163 (1981-1984)
Notice the deaths under Clinton, when we were officially a nation at peace. I'd say George W. has pretty good numbers, considering the fact that we been fighting 2 wars under him!
Also, here are a few sites where you can see how many people died in
America's wars over the years. Our numbers for these past 2 wars are not shocking compared to other wars:
Clearly, the wars fought under George W. Bush have not been the bloodiest of our history.
Another important thing to remember is that most of the deaths in Iraq are not from American hands, but from other Iraqis. Looking back into Iraq's history reveals this inner turmoil is not new. It may have been restrained under Saddam H ("You disagree with me, you lose your head!" is one way to controlling violence, or at least determine who will be committing the violence) but it was boiling and gurgling just under the surface — with plenty of eruptions to prove it.
The only way for Iraq to move forward is for them to work this stuff out. How? I have no idea. Honestly, how does one truly find peace without Jesus Christ? Next to impossible? Truly impossible?