A “Wartime President”

Whatever one’s political leanings, we all agree that the primary job of any President is to protect American lives.  Everything else is secondary.  So let’s see just how our self-declared “wartime president” has done in this regard.

Since the Corona Virus killed its first US victim on February 6th   [1] , America’s COVID-19 death toll exceeded 205,000 by September 27th.  [2]  America’s average daily toll over these 7 ½ months has been more than 960 U.S. deaths.  [And this is only the ‘official’ count; widely believed to be an under-count.]

 The American Battlefield Trust enumerated about 6,800 Revolutionary War combat deaths, 17,000 deaths to disease and another 10,000 who died as POW captives.  Over the course of the war (4/19/1775 to 9/3/1783), this averaged about 11 (eleven) per day.[3]

In 2012, the New York Times reported updated figures on Civil War combat deaths to ~ 750,000. [4]   This was a daily average throughout the war at about 504 per day.  (This does not include deaths to illness.)  [5]

In the 8 months of the Spanish-American war (4/21/1898 to 12/10/1898), a total of 379 Americans were killed in combat – an average of just three (3) American deaths every two days. [6]

In World War I,  US combat deaths of 116,516 between 4/6/1917  and 11/11/1918 averaged 200 per day.   

For World War II, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that, on average, 220 U.S. service personnel died per day — nearly 6,600 every month — for the 1,364 days that America fought.  (This number excludes the estimated 21,000 merchant marine & 1,900Coast Guard deaths.)  [7]  

When the Corona virus first appeared our President mocked the Chinese and called reports of its risk to Americans a “Democrat hoax”. He’s since admitted in a Feb 7th interview with journalist Bob Woodward that he knew from the git-go that the virus was “more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”  [8]     

As the election approaches, the only indisputable fact is that the only hoax is our President.   Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike need a new President — one who values the lives of every American more than his ego.

Matthew Shulman
Groton, CT


[1] https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/first-u-s-coronavirus-death-happened-weeks-earlier-originally-believed-n1189286

[2] Corona virus data

[3] American Battlefield Trust (American Revolution Facts)

[4] Guy Gugliotta, “New Estimate Raises Civil War Death Toll,” New York Times, April 3

[5] https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/statistics-civil-war

[6] Spanish American War Casualties

[7] https://www.ajc.com/news/anniversary-world-war-2/#:~:text=7%2C%201941.,1%2C364%20days%20that%20America%20fought.

[8] https://www.npr.org/2020/09/14/912524343/woodward-addresses-criticism-that-he-shouldve-detailed-trump-interviews-earlier

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