My post Correcting the GAO itself needs a correction. My source—an officer serving in Baghdad—has just told me that a couple of the figures he passed along from military statisticians were incorrect. Civilian casualties (killed and wounded) declined from December 2006 to the end of August 2007 by 17 percent, not 71 percent, and the number of civilian deaths in that period dropped by 48 percent, not 74 percent. That doesn’t change the overall trend, which is still positive, but it does scale back slightly the scope of the accomplishment. My source apologizes for the error, and so do I.
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