Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Bush Lied and Thousands Died . . . .

And he wasn't alone according to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, as reported by the AP . . .

"U.S. military and intelligence officials have systematically underreported the violence in Iraq in order to suit the Bush administration's policy goals, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group said. In its report on ways to improve the U.S. approach to stabilizing Iraq, the group recommended Wednesday that the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense make changes in the collection of data about violence to provide a more accurate picture."

"The panel pointed to one day last July when U.S. officials reported 93 attacks or significant acts of violence. 'Yet a careful review of the reports for that single day brought to light 1,100 acts of violence,' it said."

"'The standard for recording attacks acts as a filter to keep events out of reports and databases.' It said, for example, that a murder of an Iraqi is not necessarily counted as an attack, and a roadside bomb or a rocket or mortar attack that doesn't hurt U.S. personnel doesn't count, either. Also, if the source of a sectarian attack is not determined, that assault is not added to the database of violence incidents."

"'Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimizes its discrepancy with policy goals,' the report said."

The saddest part is how unsurprising this is.


Blogger EditThis said...

You're right, this is totally not surprising. I tend not to pay attention to much reported about that war because it's been so carefully manipulated, all the info that gets to us.

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Blogger prunella jones said...

I can barely watch the news reports about the war they make me so sick.

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Blogger LA said...

What everyone above me said. Can't watch it, can't believe it, can't believe people actually bought all the bullshit in the first place. The only heartening thing is that it seems people have finally, finally started to wake up from their comas and are seeing what's really going on.

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