Does Faulty Logic Rule?

When it comes to the important matter of US military casualties in Iraq, it really does matter how you look at the data. Any death is at all is a tragedy, but you don’t get a workable understanding of a situation by saying, “It’s getting worse and worse!” when it is manifestly coming under control.

The Commissar has posted two graphs showing American military casualties since the beginning of the war in Iraq. I would like you to view both and make up your mind which best represents how our soldiers are doing.

On the other hand, the “glass is half empty” crowd should probably skip that link and find some bad news to rejoice in.

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0 Responses to Does Faulty Logic Rule?

  1. David,

    Thanks for your link and comments. I followed up to yours. While I’m not sure where ‘Bad Commie’ is coming from, I tried to respond even-handedly.

  2. David says:

    I felt he was a card-carrying member of the “glass is half empty” crowd.

    The trends of the last six weeks did not seem to register with him. That is long enough to establish an upward or downward trend.

    As I pointed out elsewhere, one can only manage on the basis of trends, not on the total amount of money spent or resources lost.

  3. David,

    WOW! What a great line:

    “On the other hand, the “glass is half empty” crowd should probably skip that link and find some bad news to rejoice in.”

    Fantastic!

    Jon

  4. Carrie says:

    that IS a great line. i’m still too darn confused to figure out if that’s legit graphing or not. all that matters to me today is that Bush is using 9/11 in campaign ads, yet won’t allow dead soldiers caskets to be aired. considering there were no wmd’s after all, the deaths are extremely upsetting to me.

  5. Aakash says:

    I agree with the last sentence of Carrie’s comment… I don’t know about the rest of it.

    Even many supporters of the Iraq war have acknowledged that the Pentagon has mishandled the post-war situation, and that Rumsfeld and others have been mismanaging the operation. I have written about this before… There are many news and opinion pieces available on this issue.

    This is not a good situation that our leaders have gotten our nation into, and now need to engage in some major changes, in order to make things better.

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