Pentagon still juking the stats

Former CNN head Eason Jordan says that the Pentagon is still underreporting the number of attacks in Iraq.


Alex Koppelman
December 19, 2006 11:25PM (UTC)

Yesterday, we speculated that perhaps even the new Pentagon report showing the number of attacks in Iraq at an all-time high shouldn't be trusted, because of the Iraq Study Group's revelation that the Pentagon had been drastically underreporting the number of attacks in Iraq.

At his new Iraqslogger blog, Eason Jordan has confirmed our suspicions, noting that despite the ISG's recommendations on how better to quantify attacks, this latest Pentagon report still leaves out much of the violence in the country, including any sectarian violence of indeterminate origin. As we noted yesterday, the underreporting is not a question of one or two attacks -- the ISG found, on one single day, a discrepancy of some 1,007 attacks between official Pentagon numbers and reality. (The Pentagon had reported 93 attacks; the real number was 1,100.)

Advertisement:

Being able to say "we told you so" on this one is distinctly depressing.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

MORE FROM Alex Koppelman

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Iraq Middle East Pentagon War Room

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••






Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •