The number of Iraqi civilians killed in July and August hit 6,599, a record-high number that is far greater than initial estimates suggested, the United Nations said Wednesday.I wonder why the real number was so much greater than initial estimates? Oh yes, now I remember. We were told the violence was getting dramatically better because of the "adapting to win" strategy the Administration implemented when it became clear that "stay the course" wasn't a viable option, but in reality the DoD just stopped counting the deaths they didn't want to be troubled by. When you add back in to the total the deaths due to carbombs and mortar attacks - which, for a very good reason I am sure, the DoD decided weren't part of the sectarian violence - you get this record breaking number.
In true liberal media form they don't include a mention of this scandal in the story as an explanation for the lower expected violence. Surprise, surprise, eh? But they do include some depressing trend numbers for the violence in Iraq:
For the previous period, the U.N. had reported just under 6,000 deaths 2,669 in May and 3,149 in June. That was up from 1,129 in April, and 710 in January.That is not encouraging.
Update: Woops, it looks like ABC did mention the death-counting lie:
The U.S. military had initially claimed a drastic drop in the death toll for August, but the estimate was revised upward after the United States revealed it had not counted people killed by bombs, mortars, rockets or other mass attacks.