Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Apparently, body counts are sometimes good things.

Let's summarize -- it's incredibly tacky, unpatriotic and meaningless to be obsessing on this 2000-dead-in-Iraq "milestone" because, um, it's just a meaningless number and it's not about body counts because the number of dead shouldn't be used as any sort of scale against which to measure failure and ... Hello. What's this?

Enemy Body Counts Revived

U.S. Is Citing Tolls to Show Success in Iraq

Eager to demonstrate success in Iraq
, the U.S. military has abandoned its previous refusal to publicize enemy body counts and now cites such numbers periodically to show the impact of some counterinsurgency operations.

So, to sum up, presenting the enemy's death toll is a perfectly acceptable way to demonstrate the success of one's military operations while, conversely, presenting one's own casualty figures is ... uh ... is ... shut up! Just shut up, OK?

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