|17||4/18/1983||Lebanon||Beirut U.S. Embassy bombing|
|241||10/23/1983||Lebanon||Beirut Marine barracks bombing|
|2||9/20/1984||Lebanon||Beirut U.S. embassy annex bombing|
|1||6/14/1985||Lebanon||TWA 847 hijacking|
|1||10/7/1985||Egypt||Achille Lauro hijacking|
|4||4/2/1986||Greece||TWA 840 hijacking|
|2||4/5/1986||West Germany||Berlin disco bombing|
|2||9/5/1986||Pakistan||Pan Am 73 hijacking|
|178||12/21/1988||Scotland||Lockerbie Pan Am 103 bombing|
|294||1990-1991||Kuwait and Iraq||Gulf War|
|3||1/25/1993||United States||CIA headquarters shootings|
|6||2/26/1993||United States||World Trade Center bombing|
|18||10/3-10/4/1993||Somalia||Battle of Mogadishu|
|19||6/25/1996||Saudi Arabia||Khobar Tower bombings|
|12||8/7/1998||Kenya & Tanzania||U.S. embassy bombings|
|17||10/12/2000||Yemen||USS Cole bombing|
|2,977||9/11/2001||United States||WTC and Pentagon attack|
|2,344||2001-2014||Afghanistan||Operation Enduring Freedom|
|17||10/2002||United States||DC Beltway sniper|
|4,486||2003-2012||Iraq||Operation Iraqi Freedom|
|3||10/15/2003||Gaza||U.S. diplomat convoy blast|
|1||5/29/2004||Saudi Arabia||Khobar massacre|
|13||11/5/2009||United States||Fort Hood shootings|
|4||9/11/2012||Lybya||Benghazi U.S. consulate attack|
|4||4/15/2013||United States||Boston marathon bombing|
|2||8/19-9/2/2014||Syria and Iraq||ISIL beheadings|
That's a long list, and one could argue about a couple of entries on it, but it also could be much longer. Our allies lost people too. The count of enemy dead is even higher.
I've heard Senator John McCain saying in the last couple of days that we could have avoided the resurgence of ISIL by leaving a sizable contingent of U.S. troops in Iraq. But we had 54 killed there in 2011, and we could have lost that many again in each of 2012, 2013, and 2014. We've lost 43 troops so far this year in Afghanistan.
Is the counter-terrorism push against ISIL the beginning of another war? I imagine they think it is, and will be looking to hit us back in retaliation for these bomb strikes. Every j.v. team wants to play varsity. But, really, it's just the same war. You can go to Reason, and watch each of the last four U.S. Presidents announce that we're bombing Iraq.
The burden of sacrifice is borne by so few. I have a cousin who graduated from West Point in 2001 and retired after 10 years of service in 2011, which is already 3 years ago. Another cousin's husband is still in service after over a decade.