The Independent (a British newspaper) ran the following story this morning . . . here is the link for the full story . . . excerpt below link: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=482947 20 January 2004 George W Bush and the real state of the Union Today the President gives his annual address. As the election battle begins, how does his first term add up? 232: Number of American combat deaths in Iraq between May 2003 and January 2004 501: Number of American servicemen to die in Iraq from the beginning of the war - so far 0: Number of American combat deaths in Germany after the Nazi surrender to the Allies in May 1945 0: Number of coffins of dead soldiers returning home from Iraq that the Bush administration has allowed to be photographed 0: Number of funerals or memorials that President Bush has attended for soldiers killed in Iraq 100: Number of fund-raisers attended by Bush or Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2003 13: Number of meetings between Bush and Tony Blair since he became President 10 million: Estimated number of people worldwide who took to the streets in opposition to the invasion of Iraq, setting an all-time record for simultaneous protest 2: Number of nations that Bush has attacked and taken over since coming into the White House 9.2: Average number of American soldiers wounded in Iraq each day since the invasion in March last year 1.6: Average number of American soldiers killed in Iraq per day since hostilities began 16,000: Approximate number of Iraqis killed since the start of war 10,000: Approximate number of Iraqi cililians killed since the beginning of the conflict $100 billion: Estimated cost of the war in Iraq to American citizens by the end of 2003 . . .