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Monday, September 10, 2007

On the Surge...

I listened to a lot of the upbeat testimony given today, but here are several must read articles about how this is just another spin job.
  • This link from the National Security Network goes into detail with statistics and accounts that refute the new report's claims. Here's an excerpt:
    • The reason, the group said, was because the tracking system was designed in a way that minimized the deaths of Iraqis.' The standard for recording attacks acts a filter to keep events out of reports and databases,' the report said. 'A murder of an Iraqi is not necessarily counted as an attack. If we cannot determine the source of a sectarian attack, that assault does not make it into the database. A roadside bomb or a rocket or mortar attack that doesn't hurt U.S. personnel doesn't count…
  • Here's an LA Times article that also addresses how the numbers are being filtered, and how, without a political solution, once we end the surge, things will go back to the way they were.
  • How the GAO says that the numbers in the report cannot be verified.
  • And here is a comprehensive list of the media's disinformation efforts, to perpetuate the myth that the surge is working.
Since the first of this month 17 US Soldiers have been killed, 7 of those just today. Over the weekend 99 Iraqi civilians were killed in various incidents.

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