Saturday, June 16, 2007

Body Counts

"...75,000 people have died on both sides of the Iraq War" asserts Christopher Fettweis, assistant professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. And does John Ydstie mention that this figure is grossly understated based on the respected Lancet Study -which found IRAQI CIVILIAN deaths as high as 655,000 back in October of 2006. No surprise, really, since NPR has made a practice out of savaging the Lancet numbers (numbers which even the Blair government secretly acknowledged as accurate).

Fettweis was trying to make the point that the US loss in Vietnam was a greater "moral" failure than Iraq is - but, hey, there's still a few more years for the US to match the slaughter it achieved in Vietnam.

I will say that Fettweis was at least on to discuss the obvious fact that the US effort in Iraq is a failure.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jeez, somehow I missed that part...

Perhaps I was too flabergasted that they merely had Christopher Fettweis on to discuss his LA Times piece, or that they had the Edward Said chair at Columbia on to discuss the Palestinian civil war or had Leslie Feist on to play and chat.

And no Scott Simon! A very un-NPRish Weekend Edition Saturday, save for the moronic piece on kids in the playground and the agonizing, fingernails on the chalkboard piece by Alice Furlaud on her Commencement debacle, which was pure NPR.

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