American deaths in war are counted carefully.
I don't have any links right this minute, but I will look for them today. Too early yet...anyhow, I am certain I have read reports that show the American death toll as a result of the Iraq war is much higher than reported because they only count war deaths as those who die on the ground
of Iraq; those who die in the air on the way to Germany aren't counted, those who die in Germany aren't counted...etc. Not that (hopefully) this would inflate the death toll enough to compete with Viet Nam, but it would show a more realistic number of deaths. Now if I can only find some links to back this up...I'll go dig around.