Tuesday, July 05, 2005

It's All How You Count

An interesting sidebar in the War on Terror: the Bush administration may have been purposefully undercounting casualties by not counting deaths in German hospitals as war-related.

Daniel Ellsberg had a good editorial piece in the Sunday Los Angeles Times in which he declared "I Wrote Bush's War Words -- in 1965". The lies accumulate, only unlike Vietnam, it could reasonably be argued that the prize in the middle east has real value. There is a case to be made for going into Iraq, but it has not been made publicly for fear of its political ramifications, and that is: the world's (read: U.S.) oil supply must be kept secure.

Update: Odograph provides this useful link to the Huffington Post, which in its comments threads lists this Daily Kos diary about the TBR source for this. Not very credible, it seems.