Is the Pentagon Inflating Success Numbers in Afghanistan? Plus, Job Creation06/13/11 Robert Lorei
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First up today, our guest Gareth Porter has written a new article scrutinizing the claims of success General David Petraeus has made about Afghanistan. Porter writes on the Interpress web site today "During his intensive initial round of media interviews as commander in Afghanistan in August 2010, Gen. David Petraeus released figures to the news media that claimed spectacular success for raids by Special Operations Forces: in a 90-day period from May through July, SOF units had captured 1,355 rank and file Taliban, killed another 1,031, and killed or captured 365 middle or high-ranking Taliban. But it turns out that more than 80 percent of those called captured Taliban fighters were released within days of having been picked up, because they were found to have been innocent civilians, according to official U.S. military data."
Later we'll play an excerpt from yesterday's THIS WEEK on ABC-TV regarding the success (or non-success) of the President's stimulus program. Following that we'll open the phone lines.