From the ASS-ociated Press -
The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq has topped 1,500, an Associated Press count showed Thursday after the military announced the deaths of three Americans, while car bombs targeting Iraqi security forces killed at least four people in separate attacks.
And just so you know that the AP considers President Bush disengenuous in the least; they throw in this bit -
Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1,364 U.S. military members have died, according to the AP count. That includes at least 1,030 deaths resulting from hostile action, the military said.The AP fails to include the good news regarding combat deaths.
From the lead opening of USA Today's story on the same numbers -
Fifty-eight American troops died in Iraq in February, the fewest fatalities since 54 died in July, preliminary Pentagon statistics show.
Translating the death count into a daily rate, February's losses were down sharply from January and less than half those in November, the war's bloodiest month for U.S. forces.
Now, of course, even one casuality is too much, but, Don't you think that the AP should put their story in context? I guess it's too much to ask.