What's in a Number?

"Though hardly mentioned in mainstream media, this week the Pentagon released notification that three more American soldiers have died in Iraq, bringing the American death toll to 2,500. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow glibly dismissed the tragic milestone saying, 'It's a number and anytime we reach one of these 500 benchmarks, people want something.' To him and the administration, the 2,500 dead and 130,000 Americans currently serving in Iraq are just numbers. If the administration truly believes this war can be reduced to mere numbers, perhaps we should consider some statistics left out of Mr. Snow's arrogant, insensitive and inflammatory remarks," writes Charlie Anderson.

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