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Re: Anyone at the march at the Capitol?
Old 02-06-2007, 08:00 PM   #81
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Re: Anyone at the march at the Capitol?

I love some of the 'stat collecting' being done over there.

Did you know that if an 'insurgent' fires a gun or rocket at US troops and misses, its not counted as an attack or in any other stat for that matter? I didnt know they had mulligans in war stats...

I heard there was an inquiry some time ago about the funny stat business over there. Not sure I heard if they decided to 'fix' it or if its still that way.

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Re: Anyone at the march at the Capitol?
Old 02-06-2007, 08:34 PM   #82
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Re: Anyone at the march at the Capitol?

Yep, there's a real desperation (on both sides of the issue in the US) for "objective" measures that can be used to prove their position ("we're winning", "we're losing" etc). I think the bean count of insurgent/terrorist attacks is among the least useful, but the count of insurgents killed is a close second. I'd be interested n some genuine measures of Iraqi public sentiment and some figures on economic trends there (especially in sectors not directly benefitted by the US presence. An uptick in car sales doesn't mean things are getting better for Iraqis if 90% of sales are to US contractors).


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Re: Anyone at the march at the Capitol?
Old 02-06-2007, 09:08 PM   #83
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I also like how many civilian contractors are in Iraqi. For $100K a year, it looks a lot more profitable to work for an outfit like Blackwater. Of course, any death don't count towards the official total. And the contractors don't have to be Americans.

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