Friday, March 24, 2006

Mark Steyn and really stupid, neo-con talking points.


Hey, kids! Remember what kind of dick Mark Steyn was being back here, going on about the fraction of provinces in Iraq where you probably wouldn't get your ass blown off by an IED and being annoyingly deceptive about it?

Well, just so you know, Mark's not the only dumbass pushing that bit of dishonest sleaziness. Over here, we have U.S. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch promoting the same crap (but, thankfully, getting called on it a couple of paragraphs later):

In a rundown of recent military activity, Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the U.S. military spokesman, said most violence was focused in three central provinces, including Baghdad.

"There is not widespread violence across Iraq. There is not. Seventy-five percent of the attacks still take place in Baghdad, al-Anbar or Salaheddin (provinces). And in the other 15 provinces, they all averaged less than six attacks a day, and 12 of those provinces averaged less than two attacks a day."

He said attacks nationwide were averaging 75 a day, a level that has been generally sustained since August.

The three provinces he cited, however, are home to about 9 million people, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Planning and Development — a third of the country's population of 27 million.

All right, AP. Nice smackdown.

1 comment:

Garnet said...

And in the other 15 provinces, they all averaged less than six attacks a day, and 12 of those provinces averaged less than two attacks a day."

You know you're in trouble when you consider 'less than six attacks a day' to be good news.