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Keeping Score

CNN on US Green Zone press briefing:

A U.S. military commander said Thursday that an al Qaeda in Iraq militant believed to be involved in last year’s kidnapping of journalist Jill Carroll has been killed.

He is Muharib Abdul Latif al-Jubouri and was identified as the senior minister of information for al Qaeda in Iraq, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.

[snip]

Operation Rat Trap, a 72-hour push against militants between April 28 and 30, resulted in the deaths of 15 militants and the detention of 95 others, Caldwell said. In April, 87 militants were killed in U.S.-led coalition operations and 465 people detained, he said.

Iraq Coalition Casualty Count report for April, 2007 deaths: US 104, UK 12, Poland 1 – Total 117.

Excuse me, minister of information = press secretary, just like Caldwell. They killed 117 of ours, and we claim to have killed 87 of theirs – that is not a good thing. It is apparent that their surge is more effective than ours.

6 comments

1 Alice { 05.03.07 at 5:01 pm }

Oh, I see your problem: you’re using pre-9/11 math. Once you substitute Mr. Rove’s Teh Math, you’ll see our surge is working.

“You may end up with a different math, but you’re entitled to your math,” Rove said. “I’m entitled to ‘the’ math.” (Oct. 24, 2006 interview on NPR re: poll numbers)

2 Bryan { 05.03.07 at 5:07 pm }

I guess they forgot to say that our casualties are in octal while theirs are in hex.

3 Steve Bates { 05.03.07 at 6:12 pm }

They aren’t IN hex, Bryan; they ARE a hex, and we are the ones intended to be hexed.

Let me see… during what other war within our lifetimes did an American administration begin publishing dubious body counts in the last years of the war? And what conclusion can one draw about the current war from that comparison? And, oh yes… is our leaders learning? [sic]

4 Alice { 05.03.07 at 6:14 pm }

Indeed. And from there it’s a hop, skip and a jump to Halloween = Christmas

5 Bryan { 05.03.07 at 7:13 pm }

Caldwell is the clown who thinks that no one in Iraq has the capability of hammering out an ashtray, and must import them from Iran, even after we find the factory in Iraq that is making the “ashtrays” used in making bombs. He ran the little show and tell about “Iranian weapons.”

It’s MAC-V’s five o’clock follies for 2007. Same scripts, same lies – in Baghdad instead of Saigon.

6 Bryan { 05.03.07 at 7:21 pm }

Check it out from Wikipedia – Iraq Assistance Group

“The set up and goals of the (IAG) organization are similar to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) and Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) that sent American military advisors to assist in the training of soldiers in Indochina specifically to organize the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, (ARVN).”

Leave no bad idea behind.