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September 11, 2007

"Progress" By The Numbers

Tom Engelhardt is running his third TomDispatch piece looking at Iraq via numbers, here.

Previously: "Iraq by the Numbers" and "Escalation by the Numbers.

Posted at September 11, 2007 04:06 PM | TrackBack

We must march on Washington in the "old style" to end this. The Government does not respond to letters and polls. We must get this organized quickly!

Posted by: Tony at September 11, 2007 05:42 PM

There is a march in Washington on Sept. 29 being organized by the ANSWER folks. If that's your thing, go for it. I was interested, but now seeing that they're the organizers, I'm not so sure.

Posted by: saurabh at September 11, 2007 05:56 PM

Hrm. The AP claims twice higher civilian casualty numbers for 2007 compared to 2006, per diem. According to the Iraq Body Count, the average for 2006 is 70 per diem, way above the AP estimate; the average for 2007, so far, is 63; close agreement with the AP estimate. It's possible the AP methodology is more rigorous; it sounds like it, but I'd prefer to see some actual data and some methodology, rather than a short little blurb. Is there any such?

Posted by: saurabh at September 11, 2007 06:14 PM

As Tom and every liberal pundit keeps pointing out, this is the same "marketing strategy" that the Bushies keep using... and it keeps working. Today's headline in the Minneapolis StarTribune was "Bush Accepts' Petraeus' Strategy."

As Elvis Costello once wrote: "Now I try hard not to become hysterical, but I'm not sure if I am laughing or crying."

Posted by: Whistler Blue at September 12, 2007 12:39 PM