Rather than talk about whether we should be there or what could have been done to leave sooner, let's just look at the numbers.
|Casualties (civilian)||~9,000 - 29,000||Somewhere in the range of the population of cities the size of Cheviot (~9,000) up to the city of Florence, KY (~28,000) have been killed.|
|Casualties (US + Coalition Forces)||1811||If the bodies were laid end to end they could stretch nearly 2 miles from Fountain Square to UC. (calculation assumes ~11% of soldiers were female)|
|Cost in $ (at the time of writing)||$276, 320,000,000||Enough to send over 2.7 million Americans to a private university for four years or 9.8 million Americans to a public university for four years.|
|Total Troops Currently Deployed (US)||~59,000||Enough people to fill 9/10 of Paul Brown Stadium, to fill 1.4 Great American Ball Parks, fill, 3.5 US Bank Arenas, or fill Music Hall 16.7 times and the Arnoff 21.7 times.|
|Length of the War||>104 months||An estimated 35 million children have been born in the united states since the start of the war.|
*(Note there is disagreement on when Vietnam started. The first US Combat troops arrived in March 1965 but the "Gulf of Ton-kin Resolution" was passed in August 7 1964. The longest war claim refers to when US combat troops arrived on the ground in Vietnam.)