Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Perspective

You won't see it on CSI (or maybe you will - I've never watched it, them, any of them) but as any good crime scene photographer knows you have to have a 'scale' in your photos without it you lack perspective - is that footwear impression from a size 9 or size 14 boot? Here we get
a little perspective from General Myers:
The Iraqi insurgency is just as strong now as it was one year ago, the most senior US military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers has admitted.

Gen Myers also insists the US and coalition forces are winning the war and is confident of military victory.

"I'm going to say this: I think we are winning, okay. I think we're definitely winning. I think we've been winning for some time," Myers told reporters.

Gen Myers said the number of attacks has increased slightly recently but maintained that was a poor measure of the insurgency, noting that half the attacks are thwarted.

He acknowledged that insurgents were capable of surging to higher levels of violence as they did before the January 30 elections.

"I think their capacity stays about the same and where they are right now is where they were almost a year ago," he said.
Okay, the insugency is "just as strong" as one year ago, the number of attacks "has increased slightly" and the insurgents' capacity "stays about the same" but we're winning? On what metrics does he base this opinion? I don't think they've invented a scale by which we can measure this kind of progress.

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