liberal ["liberalis" L - suitable for a freeman, generous; "eleutheros" Gk - free] (adj) generous, open-minded, not subjugated to authoritarian domination; (n) one who believes in liberty, universal suffrage and the free exchange of ideas. elite ["eslire" Fr -- to choose fr.L "eligere" -- choose] (n) the choice part; best of a class; the socially superior part of society.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

By the numbers

jpol over at Booman Tribune has highlighted some statistics on the Democratic Policy Committee's October 17th Report.

He wonders why they aren't more widely reported in the mainstream media since they are sitting there on a Senate Committee website for all to see, smack dab in the middle of the public domain.

He suggests that the reason may be that the statistics are too unfavorable toward the Bush Administration and the corporate media that support them.

Here are some of my personal "highlights:"
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) found: 0

Approximate number of medical evacuations of U.S. military personnel performed since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom: 55,000

Weeks since the Pentagon developed a plan to draw down U.S. forces in Iraq to roughly 40,000 by mid-2005: 104* (now 106)

Estimated number of insurgents in Iraq (November 2003): 5,000

Estimated number of insurgents in Iraq (June 2005): 15 - 20,000
Something tells me that the publication of these stats by jpol on Booman, coupled with things like The World Can't Wait tomorrow, mean that the light is going to shine in the darkness now.


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