What Else Is In Scott's Head?

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Time To Update

Dear reader,

My apologies for the lack of updates here. As some of you know, I'm attending college, and it eats up a lot of my time, so on occasion the blog will not be updated daily. I will update daily if possible, so please bear with me.

Newsweek: Pentagon Body Counts

Whenever the so-called liberal media reports on violence in reaction, the right-wing reaction is to wonder why no one is reporting the positive things happening in Iraq. I agree somewhat about reporting positive things in Iraq, but everything should be reported, in order to give Americans a full understanding of what is happening in Iraq, and that includes casualty figures. And we report it not to be morbid or to undermine the Bush administration, but to honor those who have given their lives in fighting this war.

That figure right now is at 1612 American casualties and 180 coalition casualties. Also underreported are the number of wounded and injured, with the estimate in the tens of thousands.

As Newsweek is reporting, the Pentagon and the Bush Administration are not telling the whole story as it relates to Iraq. An accidentally declassified document paints a different picture of the situation in Iraq than is reported in the media.

"The U.S. considers all of Iraq a combat zone...from July 2004 to late March 2005...there were 15,527 attacks against Coalition Forces throughout Iraq...from 1 November 2004 to 12 March 2005 there were 3306 attacks in the Baghdad area. Of these, 2400 were directed against Coalition Forces," says the document.

Watching Fox News -- or any of the so-called liberal media, for that matter -- it's doubtful that we'd hear specific details of the attacks against our troops. With the media not reporting the whole truth, we are presented with an inaccurate account of everything that is happening in Iraq. And with all of the money being poured into Iraq, not to mention the continuing insurgent attacks, the American people should get the whole picture of what is at stake in Iraq. Lives will continue to be lost in Iraq, and we should be honoring those lives, not pretending like their deaths never happened.


Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

The hones truth is that whenever the President gets on tv and says the war is going well, it's nothing more than propaganda. Anyone who believes this obviously hasn't been watching the news.

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