Sunday :: Jun 19, 2005

American Casualties in Iraq

by eriposte

Jim Lampley at the Huffington Post has a post linking to an obscure site calling itself TBR News asking whether the claim from TBR News, that American casualties are being dramatically understated is true or not. A couple of Daily Kos diaries have already debunked this incendiary claim from TBR News and Lampley would be well advised not to give much credibility to TBR News and spoil his own reputation in the process.

Michael at Lunaville (who maintains the fantastic Iraq Coalition Casualties site) has also commented on this nonsense from TBR News, providing counter-evidence and adding that:

TBRNews is run by a "Walter Storch" a pseudonym for Peter Stahl, a.k.a. Gregory Douglas. Google the name and find the trail of bullshit the man leaves behind wherever he walks, or read more about Gregory Douglas in this diary at Daily Kos. The man is a crackpot, not worthy of mention even on this the lowliest of blogs.

Let me say that even if you did not know who TBR News is run by, some of the statements in the relevant TBR News post (bold text is my emphasis) alone should raise a big warning flag that TBR News should not be believed:

There is excellent reason to believe that the Department of Defense is deliberately not reporting a significant number of the dead in Iraq...

The educated rumor is that the actual death toll is in excess of 7,000...

When our research is complete, and watertight, we will publish the results along with the sources[.] In addition to the evident falsification of the death rolls...

Look, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to keep thousands of deaths under wraps in an increasingly unpopular war. Let's not unnecessarily link to dubious sources to wonder about their chimerical theories when we have numerous excellent reports from reliable sources that have documented the Bush administration's unprecedented mendacity, incompetence and corruption on a myriad other fronts. OK?

I would, on the other hand, point out the real scandal. The fact that Dick Cheney, Vice-President (R-Cuckooland), has been talking about the "last throes" of the insurgency when the rate of American casualties (deaths) has been steadily increasing in the last 4 months. I would rather have the media focus on a VP who clearly has zero credibility and 100% mendacity -- and whose comments repeatedly raises serious questions about either the competence or mental state (or both) of those running the country.

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