Monday, June 20, 2005

Who's Counting?

Via Huffington Press via Echidne,

TBRNews reports that the U.S. Military has been managing the American death count in Iraq by reporting only those who die in Iraq as part of the official tally. Those who die enroute to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, or back in the States, are not included in the 1600-plus Iraqi war casualties.

This might explain why the administration adamantly resisted showing photos of military coffins returning stateside. It could also simply be paranoia.

If true, this would make the inflated Viet Cong body counts a comparative act of Pentagon probity.

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