April 18, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Beating the numbers in the war on terror

In the Vietnam War, the military succeeded in beating the numbers, with the help of inflated body counts and deflated estimates of enemy strength. It didn't help win the war, but it helped lots of soldiers earn some stars.

It looks like the Bush Administration is trying a similar tack in the battle against bin Laden, as the Detroit Free Press reports:
As terrorist attack numbers grow, scorekeeping is to stop

The State Department has decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism center concluded there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.

Hey, what's a 20-year run, anyway?

Incidentally, do you know that the majority of the terrorist attacks in the '85 report that happened in the U.S. were presumed to have been caried out by Jewish extremists?

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