Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Right Direction

What, I wonder, is Michael O'Fucking Hanlon talking about? Does he really think that more Iraqi deaths represent "the right direction"? Someone check the booze cabinet at Brookings, please... and the medicine cabinets too, while you're at it. And what's with all the empty bottles of Aqua Velva?

Think Progress
Despite escalation, Iraqi deaths double.

The Iraqi death toll “from sectarian attacks around the country is running nearly double the pace from a year ago.” Compared to an average daily death toll of 33 in 2006, this year’s numbers indicate approximately 62 Iraqis have died war-related deaths each day this year. The AP reports that the recent bloodshed indicates the insurgency has drifted into northern parts of Iraq as a result of the escalation in Baghdad.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Brookings analyst Michael O’Hanlon writes today, “the trends [of Iraqi deaths] are moving significantly in the right direction, and the military is now doing a better job of measuring actual casualty levels.” The AP states the military has “offered no statistics to back” its claim that violence levels are down.
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