What War Looks Like — Howard Zinn

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What really bothers me is that many people will read the following quote and think it is a perfectly reasonable statement for the Pentagon to make. Hey, they’re just doing their job, right?

Ten years ago, in that first war against Iraq, our leaders were proud of the fact that there were only a few hundred American casualties (one wonders if the families of those soldiers would endorse the word”only“). When a reporter asked General Colin Powell if he knew how many Iraqis died in that war, he replied:”That is really not a matter I am terribly interested in.” A high Pentagon official told The Boston Globe, To tell you the truth, we’re not really focusing on this question.””

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