Thursday, August 23, 2007

Inflating the numbers like their dates

Somehow, I knew their numbers weren't reliable.

TPMmuckraker August 22, 2007 12:14 PM
Some distortions are so massive and so deliberate as to constitute outright lies. See if you can spot the dishonesty in this line in President Bush's speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national convention today: U.S. forces have killed or captured an average of more than 1,500 al Qaeda terrorists and other extremists every month since January. That "and other extremists" line sure does a lot of work here. No order of battle for the insurgency is available, but all credible estimates peg al-Qaeda in Iraq as by far the smallest contingent. One rough assessment, cited byThe New York Times last month, put AQI at possessing perhaps 5,000 fighters. Yet Bush suggested this morning that the U.S. has captured as many as 12,000 members of AQI so far this year.

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