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Monday, October 24, 2005

Vietnam Redux

Who says that Iraq has no Vietnam parallels The Washington Post reports that our good friends at the Pentagon (who have brought us both Vietnam and Iraq) have decided to release enemy body counts! Why is that? What good does that do? Is this information useful? Was it useful 40 years ago? Was it truthful 40 years ago? Is it useful or truthful today? Read the whole article; but, here's a taste:

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.

The revival of body counts, a practice discredited during the Vietnam War, has apparently come without formal guidance from the Pentagon's leadership. Military spokesmen in Washington and Baghdad said they knew of no written directive detailing the circumstances under which such figures should be released or the steps that should be taken to ensure accuracy.

Instead, they described an ad hoc process that has emerged over the past year, with authority to issue death tolls pushed out to the field and down to the level of division staffs.

Now all we need is another General Westmoreland . . . or do we have one? This is very chilling, and very telling . . . demonstrating our "success" in Iraq? Oh my.


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