Non-story alert re: Army deserters

Policy watch: MSNBC is running a story about army desertions being "up 80%" since the start of the Iraq War to 9 in 1,000.  (Compared with a peak of 50 in 1,000 during Vietnam.)  So they’re telling me that desertions haven’t even doubled 3 years after the start of a controversial war when compared to a time directly after our nation was subject to a major terrorist attack.  That doesn’t sound like a big jump to me, considering, but hey, you can use statistics for just about any spin you want.

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