Wednesday, July 02, 2003

A thousand here, a thousand there...

...and pretty soon you realize no one, including Fat Tim, has any clue how many soldiers we have in Iraq. Dean made up a number, Tim made up another one, and the Pentagon has provided a third.

Dean “incorrectly estimated the number of troops in Iraq,” the troubled Barabak said. In fact, Dean said there were “in the neighborhood of 135,000” such troops. The next day, the New York Times said the real number was 146,000. Four days later, Brian Lamb did a segment about Dean’s interview on Washington Journal; he had asked the Defense Department, and the number they gave was 132,00.