Friday, February 02, 2007

Pentagon plays the numbers game

In a classic move for this administration, the Pentagon has just
changed the way
they classify casualties in Iraq in order to lower the numbers and presuambly trick the Ameican people placate the public concern. In a truly self-serving statement using their trademark incomprehensible logic:
Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, deputy director of force health protection and readiness at the Defense Department, said the previous method of tallying casualties was misleading and might have made injuries and combat wounds seem worse and more numerous than they really were.

The old method lumped many problems under the label “casualties,” including illnesses, minor injuries and injuries from accidents, as well as wounds sustained in combat. But the public may assume that every casualty is a war wound, Dr. Kilpatrick said, so the site was changed to avoid misunderstandings.
Right. Don't you just hate how the true figures are so misleading. As if it makes a difference to the dead and wounded how exactly they suffered their injuries.

Newsflash for the Pentagon. None of the current figures reflect war wounds. We're not in a war. It's an occupation of an allegedly sovereign country so they're combat wounds. But it makes no difference what you call them or how the injuries occur to the families of the afflicted and fallen. If it happened in Iraq it's still a result of this ill-fated occupation and cooking the books doesn't heal the wounded or raise the dead.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess "casualty" is only if you get hit by a 7.62 bullet through your chest at a 32° angle during work hours from 8am to 5pm. I could totally believe that estimate.

4:20:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It really pisses me off Romunov when they spend their time trying to make the problems LOOK better rather than trying to solve them altogether.

11:17:00 AM  

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