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View Diary: Coalition Casualties in the Iraq War Are NOT Falling (4 comments)

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  •  I think you should reread the article. (0+ / 0-)

    This is the first sentence of Youssef's article: "American combat deaths in Iraq have dropped by half in the three months since the buildup of 28,000 additional U.S. troops reached full strength, surprising analysts and dividing them as to why."  Those three months are June, July, and August.  And her assertion that combat deaths have fallen, although true as far as it goes, blatantly ignores the fact that year-on-year combat deaths rose sharply in those three months.

    It doesn't take a genius, or any parsing of the article, to see that she had overlooked the simple seasonality of the fighting.  Taking into account the annual lull in fighting that has always occured in July and August in this four and a half year old war, it is as clear as daylight that combat deaths and, for that matter, combat wounded, have risen sharply from the same period last year.

    Again, her premise is patently false.

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