's Winter Fund Drive

Metrics of Death
Who's Reporting the Truth About
the Carnage in Iraq?

In a famous comment on the consequences of his disastrous policies, and those of the administration he served, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld bemoaned the lack of "metrics" by which to measure either success or failure. We couldn't know if we were winning or losing, Rummy claimed, because we didn't have the numbers.

Well, now we do have the numbers – 2,853 American soldiers killed, an estimated $2 trillion in costs – and as many as 650,000 Iraqi deaths. The American military made a great show of not counting Iraqi deaths, and now that these high numbers are coming out, the War Party is outraged at the "improbable" death toll. They think they can get away with it because, after all, who is keeping track of all these deaths? Who is reporting the smaller incidents, and meticulously totaling them up?

The answer: As Tom Engelhardt of The Nation noted in a piece posted at

"The Iraqi killing fields are far from us here in the United States and, as yet, almost completely unmemorialized. Even to get a sense of the carnage is hard, but the Web site now does a remarkable, if grim, daily job of collating at least what's reported. It puts out a running tally of the dead each day – including of those nameless bodies found en masse, particularly in the Iraqi capital." started exposing the truth about this war long before the shooting started, and we continue to debunk the lies of the War Party in a comprehensive daily edition that covers virtually every aspect of U.S. foreign policy and its repercussions on the world stage, with a special focus on events in the Middle East. We started out offering just links and opinion pieces, but have lately begun to make a real effort to do original reporting, focusing on areas neglected by the mainstream media. One of our newest efforts has been to break the silence about the true scope of the carnage visited on Iraq.

We aren't a big news organization – yet – but we have the embryo of one, and we're counting on you, our readers and supporters, to help get our original reporting division up and running. For starters, we can't afford to keep compiling and writing our daily Iraq incidents report without your financial support. That's part of the reason why we've upped our goal to $70,000 this quarter – to reflect the increased costs of our expanded operations.

By giving as much as you can, as soon as you can, you're helping to bring a much-needed truth to the American people – so give today.

In the first two days of our drive, 243 of you gave a total of $10,225. We really need to pick up the pace to reach the $70,000 to keep running for the next quarter. Please help.
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Updated November 15, 2006 - 9:27 PM EST
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