Thursday, January 27, 2005

Top U.S. General: 15,000 Insurgents Killed or Caught

Okay everybody. Here's the good quotes:

U.S. and Iraqi forces have killed or captured 15,000 people over the past year in their fight against an insurgency ravaging Iraq.

Our total losses are at about 1,300 to 1,400. Not to morbidly compare combat losses but: Better than a 1 to 10 ratio.

But he conceded that the number of car and suicide bombs had increased and that Iraqi security forces were not capable of dealing with the violence themselves.

The numbers of Iraqi forces continues to climb. Estimates of around 120,000 to 150,000 are on the ground as of today. They're not ready today, but there will come a day when we can pack up and leave.

The level of violence in 14 of the 18 provinces in Iraq is four incidents or arrests a day...It is primarily confined to four provinces. It has not spread to 80 percent of the population.

Is this supposed to be the rotating four provinces everyone keeps talking about? To go out on a limb, guestimate the 80% of non-violence in Iraq to vote. Even if there's only a 60% vote that still matches the U.S. election. Afghanistan had an 80% turn-out, if you were wondering.

Up to 14 million Iraqis could vote...I would see most of the violence in the Sunni areas and a good part of it in the Baghdad area, I would expect low levels of violence in the Shi'ite areas.

I get a total population of 22,000,000 Iraqis, men, women and children. Lets see, carry the one, that's about 64 percent of the total population. If he's right and 14 million Iraqis vote they've got a more legitimate government than our own!

Well, we've got until Sunday to postulate on what will happen. I'm fairly optimistic about it. I'm thinking of running a pool as to how many people are actually killed on Sunday, but I'm not too sure if it would come off as morbid. I wouldn't want to offend anyone about this. It's too important for that.

4 more days!

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