Soaring Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Still No Reason to Quote War Critics

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.”

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.