Iraq Is Safer Than Washington, D.C.

Posted on Thu 01/24/2008 by


The American troop increase in Iraq initiated by General Petraeus has reduced both American and Iraqi deaths and taken the issue from the headlines for the Democrat presidential candidates. At the peak of the violence, before the ‘surge’ took effect, Rep. Steve King, R-IA, compiled death statistics indicating that Iraq actually has a lower civilian violent death rate than Washington, D.C. Appearing with Westwood One radio host Monica Crowley, King said that the incessantly negative coverage of the Iraq war prompted him to research the actual death numbers. “I began to ask myself, if you were a civilian in Iraq, how could you tolerate that level of violence?” he said. “What really is the death rate?”

Using Pentagon statistics cross-checked with independent research, King said he came up with an annualized Iraqi civilian death rate of 27.5 per 100,000. While that number sounds high – astonishingly, the Iowa Republican discovered it’s significantly lower than a number of major American cities, including the nation’s capital. “It’s 45.0 violent deaths per 100,000 in Washington, D.C.,” King told Crowley. The American city with the highest death rate was New Orleans – with a staggering 53.1 deaths per 100,000 – almost twice the death rate in Iraq.

Since the liberal Democrats want less Americans killed by violence, we should immediately pull out of Washington, DC.

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