. . . can’t be trusted (that surprises you how?). Dick Polman:
In a bid to find a more flexible definition of â€œsuccess,â€ the Bush administration is now cooking its death statistics by omitting all Iraqi civilian deaths caused by car bombs. This is a convenient omission, since much of the unceasing sectarian Sunni-vs.-Shiite violence is caused by car bombs; if you take the car-bomb death toll out of the stats, the Bush team can make it appear that the â€œsurgeâ€ is succeeding better than it actually is. The president did try to explain the policy last Tuesday: â€œIf the standard of success is no car bombings or suicide bombings, we have just handed those who commit suicide bombings a huge victory.â€ But for those of you who think and speak in English, allow me to consult my Orwellian-to-English dictionary and translate Bushâ€™s remark: â€œIf we tell the truth to the American people about the true level of violence, we embolden the terrorists, so weâ€™re going to adjust the â€˜standard of successâ€™ to our liking.â€ Or something like thatâ€¦
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