Troop Levels: Let's Change the Frame
Like the actual number of Iraqi dead that "nobody" knows (I believe in the Lancet numbers of 300,000-600,000), it's hard to get a good idea of the actual numbers of people serving in Iraq. It's important for us to remind people of the total commitment: nearly 400,000.
So, let's add in the additional 100,000 troops in the region and the 100,000 contractors of whom 25,000 are estimated to be security personnel.
100,000 additional troops in the region
How would Americans react if they knew that we had 383,000 personnel in the region?
Exactly. Let's all start speaking of our forces in numbers that reflect the truth, and not Rummy's fantasy forces of light.