The multiple deployments and stop-loss orders are taking their toll, and intelligent people understand this.
But the pressure the military feels to prevent people like Russell from leaving a war theatre, knowing full well that he should not be there (fingers crossed that he wouldn't unravel emotionally until he left active duty status), is very clear evidence that US's military misadventures have stressed many of our troops to well beyond the breaking point.
In order to achieve Obama's muscular, militarily-enforced foreign policy objectives, we may well see the re-institution of the draft on Obama's watch.
I wouldn't bet against that, at this point.
No one talks about the US Causalities in public. So far, the official numbers are:
4295 US Soldiers dead
30,182 US Soldiers wounded
320,000 Vets Have Brain Injuries
18.8 suicides per 100,000 US Soldiers
”Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day. 2,100 soldiers tried to commit suicide in 2007.“
These numbers do NOT include:
CIA and other agents,
and of course the soldiers form the other countries.
It’s also deeply realistic that there are many “hidden causalities”, non-reported deaths of Soldiers.