1602 U.S. troops haved been killed as of 9 May 2005.
By many accounts, however, the far more Machiavellian (and more powerful) figure in the Bush administration is vice-President Dick Cheney. In an interview with USA Today, Cheney was in fact asked directly whether the comparisons of his behind-the-scenes politics with Machiavelli troubled him at all. His half-joking response to the question is telling: "Cheney told USA Today he was not worried about his image as the administration's Machiavelli, skilled in the quiet arts of persuading his 'Prince' to pursue questionable policies, adding, surprisingly unselfconsciously, 'Am I the evil genius in the corner that nobody ever sees come out of his hole? It's a nice way to operate, actually.'
"RELIGION AND SECRECY IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION:The Gentleman, the Prince, and the Simulacrum," by Hugh Urban.
as published in Esoterica, Volume VII, 2005.