« Alterman on Kerry | Main | This is Not Bribery »

December 07, 2003

Denying Medals to Coverup Casualties

Bush really does hate soldiers. Not only is he endangering their lives, but when they get hurt or killed, he's denying them medals in order to keep the official combat casualty numbers low:

An influential Mississippi congressman has raised the possibility that the Pentagon has undercounted combat casualties in Iraq after he learned that five members of the Mississippi National Guard who were injured Sept. 12 by a booby trap in Iraq were denied Purple Heart medals.

The guardsmen were wounded by an artillery shell that detonated as their convoy passed the tree in which it was hidden, but their injuries were classified as "noncombat," according to Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss. Taylor, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee..

137 deaths in Iraq have been classified as from "nonhostile action"-- a subtraction from combat deaths that looks increasingly suspect.

Posted by Nathan at December 7, 2003 12:00 AM