Baghdad Bob….Damn!

Scary stuff from The Atlantic re: the daily monologues of a decade ago from Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf a/k/a Baghdad Bob:

THE PREDICTION

“The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad.”

THE REALITY

In 2003, this was probably Sahaf’s most quoted line. It was so conveniently ludicrous, so patently untrue, that commentators didn’t have to do any research or devote any column inches to disproving it.

A decade later, nobody jokes about military suicide. The Department of Veteran Affairs recently published the most comprehensive study of veteran suicides ever conducted, revealing that about 22 American vets committed suicide every day in 2010, the most recent year for which data was available. That’s up from 18 per day in 2008.

So Sahaf was actually slightly wrong on this one. The United States really loses their servicemen and women to suicide not by the hundreds, but by the thousands. And not at the gates of Baghdad, but at home.

 Oy.

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