Kevin Drum is having some fun with the Powerpoint presentation supplied by Petraeus to Congress, and singles out the alleged timeline for troop withdrawal. Amusingly enough, the timeline for withdrawal is missing one key component- an actual timeline for withdrawal. That will be decided, according to the timeline for withdrawal, in approximately one Friedman Unit (March of ’08).
If Kevin wants to get really frisky, he could look at this baby:
Check out the way IED attacks are tabulated:
Total IEDs = IEDs Explosions + IEDs found + IED hoaxes
For good clean fun at home, replace the letters IED with UFO. Hell, we can do it right here:
Total UFO’s = UFO Explosions + UFOs found + UFO hoaxes
I am betting you all did not know there were that many alien invasions in the United States last year (and no, Malkinites, I don’t mean illegal aliens).
I would submit that, if all we have access to is this chart, IED hoaxes should probably be dropped from the tally of IED attacks if we really want to know how many IED attacks there have been in the past few years, and whether or not the attacks are dropping. There may be valid reasons for including hoaxes- I don’t know. But I want to find out why. Maybe if we had access to the data, we could check that out.