Dep’t of Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Iraqi Casualties Edition

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Josh Marshall and the crew at Talking Points Memo are looking into this issue of casualties in Iraq — the right and the left are both throwing around statistics on civilian deaths that support their respective positions on the surge, and Marshall wants to figure out what’s really going on. But until he does, you should take a look at this very good Washington Post story on why the government’s and military’s numbers, which they say prove deaths are down by half, are bogus.

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