Iraq and Afghanistan, June 2010

The big Afghanistan news of the last couple of weeks was Gen. McChrystal and his aides having a few too many Bud Lite Limes and talking out of turn. Not in the news was the big jump in US and coalition casualties.

More US deaths, and far more coalition deaths, last month than in any other month of this 8½-year war. The military death rate is now comparable to that of Iraq in 2005 and 2006, although it’s not composed overwhelmingly of US deaths.