Monday, October 23, 2006


Yglesias on criticism of the Lancet study:
Obviously, if the American and British governments -- or conservative think tanks and media outlets -- genuinely feel that the Hopkins team's methods were unsound, there's an obvious solution available to them: Design a method for a different comprehensive study of Iraqi mortality and fund its implementation. This is a sufficiently important question, and sufficiently difficult to pin down precisely, that it would make perfect sense for several different studies to be conducted.

Exactly right. But, of course, conservative think tanks would never conduct such a study, because they know that, whatever number they come up with, it will be more than we can bear.

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