Saturday, May 01, 2004

Does anybody remember when Howard Dean was asked how many people were in Iraq back in maybe it was April? Howard Dean answered I believe Approximately 135,000. He was off by a few thousand, and those who were taking potshots at Dean over his answer being not right on the money.

At that time, the assumed Democratic Presidential Nominee answer to Tim Russert regarding the number of troops in Iraq was off by a few thousand, and the criticism from the blowhards like Hannity and such was merciless. The all exclaimed "A guy that was seeking the highest office in the land didn't know how many troops we had in the field?". It seemed to me like high expectations of one guy over an issue like this, but I guess those right wingers demand a lot from their leaders.. well not really. Not from their own. (The president had enough difficulty pronouncing his own name, much less making a fool of himself when he asked if they had black people in Brazil, but hey who's counting, right?)

Dean said the number of troops was “in the neighborhood of 135,000;” according to Seelye, the actual number was 146,000.

So if a person running for President like Howard Dean couldn't nail the number of troops in Kuwait pre war, then one would think that the very same individuals that got on his case would demand the same accuracy from someone who actually works at the Pentagon, or more specifically someone who is second in command there, right?

Pentagon's No. 2 Flubs Iraq Casualties

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was asked about the toll at a hearing of a House Appropriations subcommittee. "It's approximately 500, of which -- I can get the exact numbers -- approximately 350 are combat deaths," he responded

"He misspoke," spokesman Charley Cooper said later. "That's all."

American deaths Thursday were at 722 -- 521 of them from combat -- since the start of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense.

Shall we compare them?

Person of Interest Answer Given Actual Number Percentage off
Dean 135000 146000 8%
Wolfowitz 521 722 39%

So is anybody on the right concerned that the guy that actually works at the Pentagon can't get this number right?