Whenthe news is thatU.S./coalition casualties in June in Afghanistan were the highest monthly total of the war, you’d think it might be an opportunity to quote a critic of the war.
Not for USA Today. In the paper’s report today (7/1/10), reporter Jim Michaelsgets a comment from the British defense minister (“We must hold our nerve”), and then, foran entirely different point of view,goes to someone from the hawkish Center for Strategic and International Studies, who says the same thing:
Stephen Flanagan, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said death statistics alone are not a good measure of how the war is going.
“They’re not an indicator of success or failure,” he said. “It’s not a war of attrition.”