The Lady Speaks

Iraq is safer than Washington, DC?!

Yes, you read that right.

From Think Progress:

The right wing has recently been engaged in an effort to downplay the deteriorating security situation in Iraq by suggesting that the violent death rates in Washington, D.C. are higher than those in Iraq. From Newsmax:

Despite media coverage purporting to show that escalating violence in Iraq has the country spiraling out of control, civilian death statistics complied by Rep. Steve King, R-IA, indicate that Iraq actually has a lower civilian violent death rate than Washington, D.C.

Using Pentagon statistics cross-checked with independent research, King said he came up with an annualized Iraqi civilian death rate of 27.51 per 100,000.

Rep. King’s shoddy “report” has slowly gained greater circulation, appearing in the New York Sun and on the Rush Limbaugh show.

Naturally, it was a Republican who claims Iraq is actually safer than Washington, DC. And like stink following sewage, Republican shills like Rush Limbaugh carried the message far and wide: The news media is lying! Iraq really is a safe place to live and raise a family! Really, really, really!

Does this mean TASS…er…Fox News has been holding out on us, not telling us about the car bombs exploding all over the city? Is MSNBC hiding the fact that roving death squads are loose, murdering and intimidating those who don't follow religious law? Is CNN failing to report on the hundreds – possibly thousands – of bodies found over the past few months?

What will it take before even the Republican shills will stop spouting the "Going well" nonsense? Will we have to wait until the Sunni-Shia conflict flares to Rwandan heights and bodies begin choking up the Tigris? Or will we have to wait to see another embassy-rooftop escape of Americans?

Update: (6/1/06 – 11:25am)

Maybe Rush and Rep. King should tell the Jassim family that Iraq is safer than DC.

From Yahoo News:

U.S. forces killed two Iraqi women — one of them about to give birth — when the troops shot at a car that failed to stop at an observation post in a city north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials and relatives said Wednesday.

Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, 35, was being raced to the maternity hospital in Samarra by her brother when the shooting occurred Tuesday.

Jassim, the mother of two children, and her 57-year-old cousin, Saliha Mohammed Hassan, were killed by the U.S. forces, according to police Capt. Laith Mohammed and witnesses.

The U.S. military said coalition troops fired at a car after it entered a clearly marked prohibited area near an observation post but failed to stop despite repeated visual and auditory warnings.


Jassim's brother, who was wounded by broken glass, said he did not see any warnings as he sped his sister to the hospital. Her husband was waiting for her there.

"I was driving my car at full speed because I did not see any sign or warning from the Americans. It was not until they shot the two bullets that killed my sister and cousin that I stopped," he said. "God take revenge on the Americans and those who brought them here. They have no regard for our lives."

He said doctors tried but failed to save the baby after his sister was brought to the hospital.




June 1, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Civil War, Government, Iraq, Media, Politics, Protest, Republicans, US Military, War, White House

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