Once a month, I track down the numbers that partially document the human cost of the war in Iraq. As of yesterday, according to U.S. Fatalities, 2469 members of the U.S. military have died. The total number of civilians killed, according to Iraq Body Count is between 38,059 and 42,434.
So, the score stands thus:
Osama bin Laden: responsible for the deaths of 2738 U.S. citizens
George W. Bush: responsible for the deaths of 2,469 U.S. citizens
To everyone who has lost a loved one in this pointless exercise in hubris, I offer my heartfelt condolences and my ongoing prayers.