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The Administration trying not to mislead

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From the Carpetbagger:

What’s the best way to lower the number of casualties in Iraq? Easy, redefine “casualty.”

Statistics on a Pentagon Web site have been reorganized in a way that lowers the published totals of American nonfatal casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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.

And if there’s one thing we know for sure, the administration certainly doesn’t want to be “misleading” about Iraq related numbers, right?

This “recalculation” of casualties was surprisingly helpful for the administration. On Monday, the Defense Department’s website said “nonmortal casualties” in Iraq totaled 47,657. But by changing the meaning of the word “casualty” nearly four years into the war, presto chango, the Defense Department now shows that number dropping to 31,493.

Paul Sullivan, director of research and analysis of Veterans for America, said the changes actually meant the Pentagon was trying to conceal the rising toll of injuries and illness.

Ya think?

The military’s credibility continues to decline.

Written by Leisureguy

2 February 2007 at 1:53 pm

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