They even have a chart showing that "73 is also greater than the average monthly casualty rate of each of the first four years of the war."
At least 73 U.S. troops are reported to have died in Iraq this past month. The numbers are a decline from the all-time highs of 108, 131, and 117 from the previous three months.
Media reports herald the statistics as encouraging and as demonstrating “steady progress” in Iraq. Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said that the lower death toll was a “positive sign.”
According to icasualties.org, at least 3,653 U.S. troops have died in the 53 months that the war has been going on — a per monthly rate of nearly 69 U.S. troop casualties. Thus, the current month’s total still exceeds the average monthly casualty rate of the entire war. [emphasis added]
2003 - 48.6 per monthWhat a bloody mess.
2004 - 70.8 per month
2005 - 70.5 per month
2006 - 68.5 per month
2007 - 92.9 per month