Bob's Links and Rants

Welcome to my rants page! You can contact me by e-mail: Blog roll. Site feed.

Monday, October 11, 2004

The proof is in the grave

From Whatever it is, I'm Against It:
Rumsfeld is upset that the media are ignoring the Iraqi security forces: "They do exist. Over 700 of them have been killed." There’s something wrong with that logic, I just can’t put my finger on it...
Very similar to the "logic" Cheney's answer in the VP debate to Edwards' claim that 90% of the coalition casualties are American:
Mr. Cheney: Well, Gwen, the 90 percent figure is just dead wrong. When you include the Iraqi security forces that have suffered casualties, as well as the allies, they’ve taken almost 50 percent of the casualties in operations in Iraq, which leaves the U.S. with 50 percent, not 90 percent.
Now, we know it's hard to prove a negative, but I was unable to find any administration statements which claimed that Iraq was a part of the coalition to disarm Iraq. And while casualties include wounded and captured as well as killed, it's hard to see how 700 equates to 50% of a total which includes some 1070 US and 100 or so other coalition fatalities. Because the ratio of wounded to dead among US casualties is one of the highest in history, due to effective body armor which protects vital organs while sacrificing limbs. I'm guessing the Iraqi security forces' armor isn't as good, so the total casualties (dead and wounded) would be an even smaller percentage of the total.

So Cheney is a liar. But you already knew that.