It stands to reason based on the following quote alone that the numbers are NOT accurate.
The report by the Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people were killed in the four-year period and 147,195 were wounded. It counted Iraqi civilians, military and police but did not cover U.S. military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors or U.S. forces. And it did not include the first months of the war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Reading closer helps to keep it real, as does other stories printed by reliable sources not beholden to the machine, the realm SOME desperately try to cast a bright light on, as if some glorified shining star of moral example of a decent mankind for the count being so low.
Reality: One story Reggie Lane, one of many!
Reggie Lane was once a hulking man of 260 pounds. Friends called him "Big Dad." Now, he weighed less than 200 pounds and his brain was severely damaged. He groaned angry, wordless cries.
The nurse moved fast. Two bursts of deodorant spray under each useless arm. Then he dressed Lane and used a mechanical arm to hoist him into a wheelchair.
He wheeled Big Dad down a hallway and parked the chair in a beige dining room, in front of a picture window. Outside stretched a green valley of pear trees filled with white blossoms.
Lane's head fell forward, his chin buried in his chest. His legs crossed and uncrossed involuntarily. His left index finger was rigid and pointed, as if frozen in permanent accusation.
Maybe next time while on Vacation someone near the area can stop in a Pay this man a visit, take a few minutes it may very well open your eyes!
In 2004, Lane was driving a fuel truck in Iraq for a defense contractor when insurgents attacked his convoy with rocket-propelled grenades. For most of the five years since, Lane, now 60, has spent his days in silence -- a reminder of the hidden costs of relying on civilian contract workers to support the U.S. war effort.
His wife, Linda, said visiting her husband was difficult. They were childhood friends and fiercely loyal to each other. On this spring morning, she caressed his hand and told him she loved him.
"He was a good man. He paid his bills. He took care of his family," she said, her breathing labored from a pulmonary disease. "He's a human being who fought for his country. He doesn't deserve to be thrown away."
What's a few less lives to debate all in the name of being right or simply throwing out your chest and saying " See I told you so " Shameless. The AP is hardly a reliable source with many of their filed staff in bed with the Military Industrial complex.
Your Buddy Bush is famous for signing more " DEATH ROW " death certificates than any Governor in US history and yet He's the Most devout President EVER. Just ask him.
I say again Pathetic attempt to justify an Illegal war!
http://www.propublica.org/feature/kbr-c ... uries-1006
Mother Dorothy Turpen (left) and caregiver Bev Glasgow sit next to Reggie Lane during a memorial service for his wife, Linda, in July 2009. Linda had been hospitalized after suffering respiratory distress. Under the shade of scrub oak and aspen, Reggie watched as Linda’s family and friends sang 'Amazing Grace' and looked at old photos of the couple. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Read the comments in the link at the end of the article: Learn from those who have been there.Cole