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by Chad Rubel
Whether we learned to count from a teacher or the Count from Sesame Street, we generally know when a number is legitimate or crap. There are ongoing battles with the MSM on undercounting totals for war protests. People who participate in protests are dismayed when they read about the protest they are in, and find the quoted numbers aren't even close to their own experience, and they were there.
One of my jobs here at BuzzFlash.com is updating the totals of dead and wounded from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the Afternoon Alert. While it's depressing to add more numbers of dead and injured soldiers, the work is necessary to make sure our readers have the latest numbers.
The counts for the U.S. soldiers haven't really been in dispute. The 3,800+ dead and the over 28,000 injured from Iraq and the 400+ dead from Afghanistan reflect the reality.
The statistic that has been an issue almost from the start is the number of fatalities of Iraqi civilians. There is the infamous quote from General Tommy Franks, "We don't do body counts."
Sadly that is true. Oh, there is an "official count" of just over 81,000 Iraqi dead civilians in over 4 years of war, and that's the high end of the range. But the count from justforeignpolicy.org is now over ONE MILLION more than the "official" count.