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April 30, 2004

They're just numbers

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz way underestimated the number of war dead in a testimony he gave Thursday before a congressional committee.

This isn't just some underling making a mistake; this is our deputy DEFENSE secretary -- and he can't tell us how many men and women have died in this war?

"It's approximatelty 500, of which -- I can get the exact numbers -- approximately 350 are combat deaths," he said.

As the brief in The Times today reports, as of Thursday, 722 soldiers have died since the start of the war, 521 of them from combat.

Clearly, the number of Americans who have lost their lives to this war just isn't that important to this administration. For shame.

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Posted by Colleen Pohlig at April 30, 2004 01:53 PM



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