See! The Surge is “Working”, er, except for all those darn car bombs!

April 26, 2007 at 7:09 am | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, Iraq, Military, violence, War, War on Terror | 6 Comments

Unbelievable…well maybe it is believable, but apparently the Bush administration excludes all the deaths from car bombs when they cite “progress” and a reduction in violence in Iraq. I guess car bombs that kill 150 human beings are so spectacular that they are hard to believe or fathom. Wow.

U.S. officials who say there has been a dramatic drop in sectarian violence in Iraq since President Bush began sending more American troops into Baghdad aren’t counting one of the main killers of Iraqi civilians.

Car bombs and other explosive devices have killed thousands of Iraqis in the past three years, but the administration doesn’t include them in the casualty counts it has been citing as evidence that the surge of additional U.S. forces is beginning to defuse tensions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

President Bush explained why in a television interview on Tuesday. “If the standard of success is no car bombings or suicide bombings, we have just handed those who commit suicide bombings a huge victory,” he told TV interviewer Charlie Rose.

Others, however, say that not counting bombing victims skews the evidence of how well the Baghdad security plan is protecting the civilian population – one of the surge’s main goals.

“Since the administration keeps saying that failure is not an option, they are redefining success in a way that suits them,” said James Denselow, an Iraq specialist at London-based Chatham House, a foreign policy think tank.

I guess if you live in Bizarro World this would make sense, but really, what kind of message are you sending to Americans if you exclude the worst offender of violence from your reports? When one hundred and fifty people die in a car bomb, that is still one hundred and fifty less souls alive in Baghdad.

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  1. ““If the standard of success is no car bombings or suicide bombings, we have just handed those who commit suicide bombings a huge victory,”

    oh yeah .. I get it ..

  2. right on Trudy. Note Bush’s logic, if they don’t count the car bombings, doesn’t the Bush administration by his own logic “hand those who commit suicide bombings a huge victory?”

  3. maybe this explains why Americans seem to think the war is being won, and the rest of us just sit here scratching our heads going ‘um????’

  4. I’ve got to hand it to Bush & Co., they do a good job of redefining the rules when it suits them. The redefinition of torture — going from the Bybee memo to the McCain Bill as circumstances necessitated; the reasons for war in Iraq; the amount of involvement of Al-Qaida in Iraq.

  5. Anne,

    There really is a disconnect between what the media and political leaders in America are presenting and what is seen in the rest of the world. I don’t think Americans realize just how much they are being bamboozled.

  6. Nate,

    Well said. I’m reminded of Jafar in Aladdin. Remember when he played the old man to convince Aladdin to follow him into the desert he said, “You know the golden rule, boy, he who has the gold makes the rules.”


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