I was a bit puzzled by the comparison cited at Eschaton between the number of American POWs who died in North Vietnamese custody to the number of POWs who have died on American custody during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The setup is: 108 POWs have already died in American custody, while only 114 American POWs died while in North Viestnamese custody during the entire war!
For some reason, Atrios skips the other question that immediately came to my mind - how many POWs were taken overall by each country? Answer below the fold.
The North Vietnamese took 766 American soldiers prisoner during the war.
The U.S. has taken approximately 65,000 prisoners during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
[NOTE: These figures came from the same sources cited in the original comparison.]
Any prisoner dying due to ill treatment at the hands of their captors is one to many, you say? I absolutely agree - so why was the misleading comparison necessary in the first place?