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US troop deaths in Iraq

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The average troops deaths per month, January through August, in 2006 was 58. In 2007 it’s either 92 or 95, depending on the final count from August. Here’s the graph:

GI Deaths in Iraq

This is from a post that makes a very good point:

Paraphrasing Robert Lewis Stevenson, a true statement does not just present true facts; a true statement is one that conveys a true impression. “July GI fatalities are the lowest for the year” is a true fact. On the other hand, “GI fatalities are higher every month so far this year compared with last”, is also a true fact. It’s the latter, however, not the former, that conveys a true impression.

Given this chart, and the report from the LA Times that the civilian casualties in Iraq have also increased, it’s hard to see that the Surge has worked. As you recall, early in the year the GOP said that September would be decision time. It’s September, so both parties are on the record as agreeing that we now need to decide. Recall this:

On Jan. 23, 2007, just weeks after President Bush announced his escalation plan in Iraq, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said on CNN that we would know if the troop increase would “work” within “60 to 90 days“:

Q: How long can you and your membership give the president and give the Iraqi military, before you say, you know what, you’re not doing your job?

BOEHNER: I think it will be rather clear in the next 60 to 90 days as to whether this plan is going to work. And, again, that’s why we need to have close oversight, so that we just don’t look up 60 or 90 days from now and realize that — that this plan is not working. We need to know, as we — as we’re — we move through these benchmarks, that the Iraqis are doing what they have to do.

That time has passed—more than passed. We have an independent report from the GAO on the progress in meeting the Benchmarks that the president set: almost no progress. Congress must now decide.

Written by Leisureguy

6 September 2007 at 10:53 am

Posted in Congress, Iraq War

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