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September 04, 2007

Here Comes Petraeus

In her continuing -- and basically successful -- bid to make all other commentary obsolete, Hilzoy posts "thirteen ways to not look at the Petraeus Report." Meanwhile, The Washington Post takes their own look at the surge and concludes that "recent improvements are sometimes tenuous, temporary, even illusory." And Ilan Goldberg wonders why the military's death figures don't count Shi'a-on-Shi'a fighting, Sunni-on-Sunni violence, or car bombings. "I have an idea," he says. "Why don't we count murder rates in the U.S. but exclude all gun violence." And then our police commissioner can go testify before the City Council as to his extraordinary success reducing violence!

September 4, 2007 | Permalink


It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.

Wallace Stevens, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, stanza XIII.

Posted by: Bloix | Sep 4, 2007 11:59:15 AM

Why count murder rates that include people who are no longer breathing? They have no further input to the economy, so why include them in anything - especially something so negative as the murder rate?

Posted by: DCBob | Sep 4, 2007 1:23:07 PM

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