Body Counts Didn't Mean Success In Vietnam, Won't With ISIS
Ever since Vietnam, the Pentagon hasn't used body counts as a measure of progress. It's an aversion that continues in the fight against ISIS.By Matt Picht | January 23, 2015
"The South Vietnamese lost 216 killed. Enemy dead numbered 1,827."
"The second highest weekly figure this year," CBS' Walter Cronkite reported.
For Americans watching at home, the Vietnam War was defined in part by the nightly body counts. Regular estimates from the U.S. military about the number of enemy units killed or captured gave onlookers a sense that the war's progress could be measured.