Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Rumsfeld's Iraq Mess

Imagine living somewhere where the London Tube bombing happens once or twice a week. Somewhere like, say, Iraq:

In response to questions from The New York Times, the ministry said that 8,175 Iraqis were killed by insurgents in the 10 months that ended May 31. The ministry did not give detailed figures for the months before August 2004, nor did it provide a breakdown of the figures, which do not include either Iraqi soldiers or civilians killed during American military operations.
(Source: New York Times Data Shows Faster-Rising Death Toll Among Iraqi Civilians, July 14, 2005 [emphasis added])
Note, too - these are only the dead from insurgent attacks. The dead from jumpy US troops shooting at innocent civilians isn't included.

Maybe Don Rumsfeld shouldn't have dismissed the early throes of lawlessness right after the invasion as "messy." Maybe he should apologise for underestimating the seriousness of the situation, Or, of course, maybe he'll just blame everything on Valerie Plame's husband.


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