I just read a NY Times article about troop reduction in Iraq. The headline:
White House Is Said to Debate ’08 Cut in Iraq Troops by 50%
According to the Times, "The concepts call for a reduction in forces that could lower troop levels by the midst of the 2008 presidential election to roughly 100,000, from about 146,000, the latest available figure, which the military reported on May 1."
OK... I'm by no means a math whiz... but that's not a 50% cut. It's a 31.5% cut. Big difference, eh?
We're talkin' 3rd grade division skills here:
46,000 divided by 146,000 is 31.5%.
Someone at the Times better check their figures. While the article did mention a cut from 20 brigades to 10 - that's a misleading statistic. It's the number of actual human beings over there that's in question... not the number of brigades!