The body count milestone, one thousand dead U.S. soldiers in Iraq, will probably be reached next month. How will Bush spin it?
“The Iraqi body count hurts the president. Already less than half of respondents in my polling say the war was worth fighting and the 1,000 casualty will be a milestone that will be page one news and put a lot more focus on it,” said pollster John Zogby.
Republican political adviser Keith Appell agreed that the 1,000th death would be an “awful milestone” but argued that it would not change anything in the presidential campaign.
According to the most up-to-date Pentagon figure, which usually lags events on the ground by a few days, the United States has lost 931 military personnel in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.
In July, the first month after an Iraqi interim authority took office, U.S. deaths totalled 55, compared to 42 the previous month. So far this month, they are running at a similar or possibly slightly higher rate.