Wolfowitz estimates 500 dead in Iraq!
Asked at a hearing of a House appropriations subcommittee how many American troops had died in Iraq, the deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, estimated the total was about 500 - more than 200 soldiers short
It's good that such experts lead the USA. Very professional and well informed. Wolfowitz attitude shows a deep respect for the fallen soldiers.
"It's approximately 500, of which - I can get the exact numbers - approximately 350 are combat deaths," Wolfowitz replied. In fact, according to the Pentagon, at least 722 U.S. soldiers had died in Iraq by Thursday morning, at least 521 of them from combat.
"It is appalling that the Deputy Secretary of Defense does not know how many American soldiers have been killed in Iraq. His casually inaccurate estimate was disrespectful of those who have died, those who loved them, and those who continue to serve.
"Our country grieves for each brave man and woman we have lost, and prays for the thousands more who have been wounded. Officials in charge of Iraq policy have an obligation to know its personal costs.
"The fact that Secretary Wolfowitz, one of the chief advocates for the war, does not bother to keep track of how many of our men and women have given their lives in Iraq shows just how out of touch this Administration is.
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