Saturday, September 09, 2006

It appears things are worse in Iraq than we are told

U.S. count of Baghdad deaths excludes car bombs, mortar attacks
By Mark Brunswick and Zaineb Obeid
McClatchy Newspapers

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. officials, seeking a way to measure the results of a program aimed at decreasing violence in Baghdad, aren't counting scores of dead killed in car bombings and mortar attacks as victims of the country's sectarian violence.

In a distinction previously undisclosed, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said Friday that the United States is including in its tabulations of sectarian violence only deaths of individuals killed in drive-by shootings or by torture and execution.

That has allowed U.S. officials to boast that the number of deaths from sectarian violence in Baghdad declined by more than 52 percent in August over July.

But it eliminates from tabulation huge numbers of people whose deaths are certainly part of the ongoing conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Not included, for example, are scores of people who died in a highly coordinated bombing that leveled an entire apartment building in eastern Baghdad, a stronghold of rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

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Now remind me again why we need to stay-the-course. . . .


Blogger winchou said...

UHC -- How disgusting is that? It sure is easy to get a declining trendline when you stop counting, huh? Bad information got us into this mess, and bad information is keeping us in this mess. By now everyone's gotta realize -- you can't count on the established information services. To get any good information you gotta piece it together yourself. If I have to listen to Lynch explain how he was "mislead" with bad information, my head is going to explode. I guess they won't count that as a death either. Damn.

7:25 PM  

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