Several studies have estimated that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died during the US invasion and occupation of their country.
However, according to Fox & Friends' co-host Brian Kilmeade that's when Iraq was a "great place" until US troops were ordered to withdraw in 2011, reports RawStory.com (video below).
This morning on Fox News, Kilmeade was interviewing Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, who expressed his support for a new budget proposal that will increase defense funding by $30 billion in 2014 and 2015.
During the interview, Kilmeade remarked that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured 10 years ago this week.
“Are you disturbed where we’re at with the country you worked so hard to liberate?” Kilmeade asked.
“When we left there it was in a really good place,” stated General Odierno.
“It was a great place!” Kilmeade claimed.
According to research published in PLOS (Public Library of Science) Medicine journal earlier this year, about 460,000 Iraqis were killed between 2003 and 2011, the years of the invasion and occupation by the U.S. and its coalition forces, reported the Los Angeles Times.
The Iraq Body Count research group estimates between 114,200 and 126, 121 Iraqis died because of the war.
A 2006 report in The Lancet Medical Journal estimated that 654,965 Iraqi deaths were caused by the war after only three years, noted MedicalNewsToday.com.