Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Cheney: There are way more dead people than that in Iraq.

Peter Sagal, the host of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, observes:

Early on, Edwards brought up a standard Dem talking point: that US forces have borne 90% of the casualities in Iraq. Here's Cheney's response -- for versimilitude, scowl while you read it to yourself:
"Well, Gwen, the 90 percent figure is just dead wrong. When you include the Iraqi security forces that have suffered casualties, as well as the allies, they've taken almost 50 percent of the casualties in operations in Iraq, which leaves the U.S. with 50 percent, not 90 percent. "
Now think about this. He's saying that it's not true that 90% of the dead bodies piled over there are American... because there are a lot more dead bodies. In fact -- and here I have to rely on own, admittedly fuzzy, math skills -- there are twice as many dead bodies. And only half of them -- you can pick them out because the arms, sticking out of the pile, are wearing US military issue sleeves -- are American. So, you know. Shut up about it.

In other words, he's decreasing the percentage by increasing the sample size. Of dead people.

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